I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.— Frank Gehry
Killer Architecture And Design quotations
Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.
One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again.
The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made.
Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.
Nothing in this world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people.
The room is there for the human being - not the human being for the room.
I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.
A modern building should derive its architectural significance solely from the vigour and consequence of its own organic proportions. It must be true to itself, logically transparent, and virginal of lies or trivialities.
Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.
Cities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city building and city design.
Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own earth
Minimalism is not defined by what is not there but by the rightness of what is and the richness with which this is experienced.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture
To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history, but to articulate it.
The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness.
I make no special difference between architecture and design, they are two different stages of invention.
Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak
When I see beautiful clothes, I want to keep them, preserve them.
.. Clothes, like architecture and art, reflect an era.
Architecture is not about designing somehting from a free, fanciful idea.
It is about discovering and establishing one's own principle, some kind of regularity - finding an individual formula to apply to one's buildings.
To go back to architecture, whats organic about architecture as a field, unlike product design, is this whole issue of holism and of monumentality is really our realm. Like, we have to design things which are coherent as a single object, but also break down into small rooms and have an identity of both the big scale and the small scale.
Good design is as little design as possible.
An object should be judged by whether it has a form consistent with its use.
A design isn't finished until someone is using it.
Form ever follows function.
Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the idea wasn't theirs.
A profound design process eventually makes the patron, the architect, and every occasional visitor in the building a slightly better human being.
In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture.
Home is where you hang your hangover.
Design is where science and art break even.
People who build their own home tend to be very courageous.
These people are curious about life. They're thinking about what it means to live in a house, rather than just buying a commodity and making it work.
Architecture never derived its force from stability of culture, but rather from the expression of those moments when that sense of stability slipped.
Even if it's not a style of architecture or period you like, a decorator has to have a feel for a house's personality and try not to fight against it. I like to get the juice out of a house and not spoil it.
While great art makes you wonder, great design makes things clear.
Architecture is not all about the design of the building and nothing else, it is also about the cultural setting and the ambience, the whole affair.
The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong.
And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture.
Luck is the residue of design.
In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose.
London is one of the most civilised places in the world for the procedure of making architecture and urban design.
You can't make an architect. But you can open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it.
We live in a time of renaissance ... cities are coming back to life, after a long neglect.
The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good.