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

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

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

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

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

Quote #121 – Tadao Ando

You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see. – Tadao Ando

Quote #120 – Jørn Utzon

There is a rumour that I can’t draw and never could. This is probably because I work so much with models. Models are one of the most beautiful design tools, but I still do the finest drawings you can imagine. – Jørn Utzon

Quote #119 – Elizabeth Diller

We don’t have preconceived ideas; we work, we analyze, we read, we step into projects knowing that we’re not the first ones there. – Elizabeth Diller

Quote #118 – Richard Neutra

The architect who really designs for a human being has to know a great deal more than just the Five Canons of Vitruvius. – Richard Neutra

Quote #117 – Renzo Piano

You can put down a bad book; you can avoid listening to bad music; but you cannot miss the ugly tower block opposite your house. – Renzo Piano