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I call architecture frozen music.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.

Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

When we build, let us think that we build for ever.

John Ruskin, writer

Don't fight forces, use them.

Richard Buckminster Fuller,

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

Steve Martin, comedian

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Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.

Arthur Erickson, architect

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

John Ruskin, writer

Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.

Thomas Fuller, clergyman

It takes a great client to create great architecture.

Curtis W. Fentress,

Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.

Frank Gehry, architect

Some architects have a preconceived notion of what a building should be

Curtis W. Fentress,

Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.

Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.

Constantin Brancusi,

To me, a building - if it's beautiful - is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that.

Martha Graham, dancer

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

Winston Churchill, politician

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.

Antoni Gaudi, architect

Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.

Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.

Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.

Luis Barragan, architect

A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.

Guillaume Apollinaire, novelist

A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an authentic democracy.

Walter Gropius, architect

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.

Voltaire, writer

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.

Milton Friedman, economist

I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.

Sydney Pollack, director

The architecture of our future is not only unfinished; the scaffolding has hardly gone up.

George Lamming, novelist

The way of architecture is the quiet voice that underlies it and has guided it from the beginning.

Arthur Erickson, architect

After about the first Millennium, Italy was the cradle of Romanesque architecture, which spread throughout Europe, much of it extending the structural daring with minimal visual elaboration.

Harry Seidler, architect

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams.

Robert A. M. Stern, architect

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

I don't find Hollywood interesting, so I'm thinking of studying architecture instead.

Hayden Christensen, actor

The only legitimate artists in England are the architects.

Benjamin Haydon, artist

The architecture of a story can be a little bit different if it's a true story.

Joel Coen, director

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

Gilbert K. Chesterton, writer

All architects want to live beyond their deaths.

Philip Johnson, architect

I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?

Philip Johnson, architect

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.

Victor Hugo, author

But the building's identity resided in the ornament.

Louis Sullivan, architect

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.

Adolf Loos, architect

Does it follow that the house has nothing in common with art and is architecture not to be included in the arts? Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument. Everything else that fulfils a function is to be excluded from the domain of art.

Adolf Loos, architect

Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.

Adolf Loos, architect

Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings.

Marcus V. Pollio,

Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all.

Harry Seidler, architect

The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.

Harry Seidler, architect

Charles was very intent to use his years as Prince of Wales to make his mark while he still had freedom of maneuver that he wouldn't have as King. The first subject he really went for was architecture. It made an impact.

Anthony Holden, journalist

People kind of tend to mystify design and architecture by suggesting you need to train.

Marc Newson, designer

So what we have tried to do in our later buildings is to try to be completely consistent, as a painter is consistent or as a sculptor is consistent. Architecture also must be very consistent.

Minoru Yamasaki, architect

Japanese architecture is very much copied in this country and in Europe.

Minoru Yamasaki, architect

If you examine this, I think that you will find that it's the mechanics of Japanese architecture that have been thought of as the direct influence upon our architecture.

Minoru Yamasaki, architect

We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don't go anywhere. They shouldn't be restless.

Minoru Yamasaki, architect

The intellectual architecture means focusing on doing great work instead of focusing on agency politics.

Jay Chiat, businessman

The team architecture means setting up an organization that helps people produce that great work in teams.

Jay Chiat, businessman

Architecture doesn't come from theory. You don't think your way through a building.

Arthur Erickson, architect

Does an architecture to assuage the spirit have a place?

Arthur Erickson, architect

Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.

Arthur Erickson, architect

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.

Arthur Erickson, architect

The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.

Arthur Erickson, architect

The new architecture of transparency and lightness comes from Japan and Europe.

Arthur Erickson, architect

Today's developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise.

Arthur Erickson, architect

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.

Arthur Erickson, architect

We are stymied by regulations, limited choice and the threat of litigation. Neither consultants nor industry itself provide research which takes architecture forward.

Arthur Erickson, architect

At this present time, matter is still the best way to think of architecture, but I'm not so sure for very long. The computer is radicalizing the way we think about our world.

Ben Nicholson, artist

If you're into architecture and you're from the West, everything is hors d'oeuvres for working to rebuild the Temple. Ultimately you're led there. You can't escape it.

Ben Nicholson, artist

You can just drift unhappily towards this vision of heaven on earth, and ultimately that is what architecture is a vision of: Heaven on earth, at it's best.

Ben Nicholson, artist

I could be happy doing something like architecture. It would involve another couple of years of graduate school, but that's what I studied in college. That's what I always wanted to do.

Parker Stevenson, actor

Technological considerations are of great importance to architecture and cities in the informational society.

Kenzo Tange, architect

I feel however, that we architects have a special duty and mission... (to contribute) to the socio-cultural development of architecture and urban planning.

Kenzo Tange, architect

There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart. There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart.

Kenzo Tange, architect

Architecture is a science arising out of many other sciences, and adorned with much and varied learning; by the help of which a judgment is formed of those works which are the result of other arts.

Marcus V. Pollio,

After World War II great strides were made in modern Japanese architecture, not only in advanced technology, allowing earthquake resistant tall buildings, but expressing and infusing characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture in modern buildings.

Harry Seidler, architect

I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play.

Philip Warren Anderson, scientist

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture.

Nancy BanksSmith,

When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.

Colleen C. Barrett,

Where do architects and designers get their ideas? The answer, of course, is mainly from other architects and designers, so is it mere casuistry to distinguish between tradition and plagiarism?

Stephen Bayley, critic

Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.

Ambrose Bierce, journalist

You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.

Prince Of Wales Charles,

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

G. K. Chesterton, writer

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet

In short, the building becomes a theatrical demonstration of its functional ideal. In this romanticism, high-tech architecture is, of course, no different in spirit -- if totally different in form -- from all the romantic architecture of the past.

Dan Cruickshank,

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.

Salvador Dali, painter

The job of buildings is to improve human relations: architecture must ease them, not make them worse.

Ralph Erskine, architect

A bold architectural statement turns a public building into a landmark, but it is in the details where the architect becomes the real storyteller.

Curtis W. Fentress,

People actually ask me why I bring in projects on budget and on time. It seems I am not living up to the fashionable genius role. I really enjoy when a project gets down to the wire, and through sheer force of will and faith in our process, we cross the goal line, when most people thought it impossible.

Curtis W. Fentress,

Our work is really about taking the best of what is in a place and working that into a project. We'd like to take your vision and goals and weave that into all the bricks and mortar and steel and glass put together, along with all the functional things that we need to make the airport work better.

Curtis W. Fentress,

Architecture is to make us know and remember who we are.

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe,

I don't think of form as a kind of architecture. The architecture is the result of the forming. It is the kinesthetic and visual sense of position and wholeness that puts the thing into the realm of art.

Roy Lichtenstein, artist

Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell.

John Milton, poet

The architect represents neither a Dionysian nor an Apollinian condition: here it is the mighty act of will, the will which moves mountains, the intoxication of the strong will, which demands artistic expression. The most powerful men have always inspired the architects; the architect has always been influenced by power.

Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.

John Ruskin, writer

We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears!

John Ruskin, writer

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.

John Ruskin, writer

Architecture is a chained and fettered art. Far from being frozen music, it is an art constantly attempting to realize in solid, stable form those effects which music is able to conjure up in an instant

John Newenham Summerson,

True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him. All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism.

Henry David Thoreau, author

Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.

E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White,

Le Corbusier was the sort of relentlessly rational intellectual that only France loves wholeheartedly, the logician who flies higher and higher in ever-decreasing circles until, with one last, utterly inevitable induction, he disappears up his own fundamental aperture and emerges in the fourth dimension as a needle-thin umber bird.

Thomas Wolfe, novelist

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

John Ruskin, writer

Architecture is politics.

Mitchell Kapor, businessman

Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.

Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

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