135_Jean Nouvel

Quote #135 – Jean Nouvel

The best engineer a few decades ago was someone who could create the most beautiful beam or structure; today it’s to do a structure you cannot see or understand how it’s done. It disappears and you can talk only about color, symbols, and light. It’s an aesthetic of miracle. – Jean Nouvel

134_I. M. Pei

Quote #134 – I. M. Pei

I cannot work and listen to Wagner at the same time, nor Mahler, nor Beethoven’s late quartets. I enjoy listening to Chopin’s piano music when I work. – I. M. Pei

133_Renzo Piano

Quote #133 – Renzo Piano

If you have total freedom, then you are in trouble. It’s much better when you have some obligation, some discipline, some rules. When you have no rules, then you start to build your own rules. – Renzo Piano

130_Carlos Villanueva

Quote #130 – Carlos Villanueva

I am particularly fond of concrete, symbol of the construction progress of a whole century, submissive and strong as an elephant, monumental like stone, humble like brick. – Carlos Villanueva

129_Shigeru Ban

Quote #129 – Shigeru Ban

I believe that the material doesn’t need to be strong to be used to build a strong structure. The strength of the structure has nothing to do with strength of the material. – Shigeru Ban


Quote #128 – Mario Botta

Architecture is the constant fight between man and nature, the fight to overwhelm nature, to possess it. The first act of architecture is to put a stone on the ground. That act transforms a condition of nature into a condition of culture; it’s a holy act. – Mario Botta

126_Maya Lin

Quote #126 – Maya Lin

My goal is to strip things down, not so that they become inhuman but so that you need just the right amount of words or shape to convey what you need to convey. I like editing. – Maya Lin

125_Steven Holl

Quote #125 – Steven Holl

Architecture is bound to situation, and I feel like the site is a metaphysical link, a poetic link, to what a building can be. – Steven Holl

124_Jean Nouvel

Quote #124 – Jean Nouvel

Space, space: architects always talk about space! But creating a space is not automatically doing architecture. With the same space, you can make a masterpiece or cause a disaster. – Jean Nouvel

122_Norman Foster

Quote #122 – Norman Foster

I am always surprised by how much little emphasis schools of architecture, and indeed, many architects, place on the process of the mating of a building. – Norman Foster