One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again.— Renzo Piano
Famous Great Architecture quotations
It wasn't that I had any great dream of being an architect.
I just wanted to make things. Whether it was furniture, painting, interior design, or architecture. I just wanted to create something.
All architecture is great architecture after sunset;
perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons.
The dance is the mother of the arts. Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture in space. But the dance lives at once in time and space.
Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings - sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time.
All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.
Great architecture has only two natural enemies: water and stupid men.
My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we - architects - can effect the quality of life of the people.
I truly believe that the great heroes that create the history of architecture are people who take risks and write to tell about it.
The decorator of Las Colimas must have been a great admirer of both early Aztec and late Taco Bell architectural styles.
To practice space is thus to repeat the joyful and silent experience of childhood; it is, in a place, to be other and to move toward the other...Kandinsky dreamed of: 'a great city built according to all the rules of architecture and then suddenly shaken by a force that defies all calculation.
Architecture has its political Use; publick Buildings being the Ornament of a Country; it establishes a Nation, draws People and Commerce; makes the People love their native Country, which Passion is the Original of all great Actions in a Common-wealth.... Architecture aims at Eternity.
The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul.
It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have... insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled.
Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet.
All architecture is great architecture after sunset.
The English light is so very subtle, so very soft and misty, that the architecture responded with great delicacy of detail.
Architecture is supposed to complete nature.
Great architecture makes nature more beautiful-it gives it power.
Charleston has something for everyone, rain or shine.
Its architecture is unparalleled. Carriage rides are great for seeing the city and hearing the history behind certain houses and the area.
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.
Hong Kong is a nice playground for my street pieces as the architecture is very different from my home city. It's also a great opportunity to take place in a dynamic city of the global art scene.
Architecture isman'sgreat sense of himself embodied in a world of his own making. It may rise as high in quality only as its source because great art isgreat life.
A building that has great environmental responsibility is a political animal in a way because it becomes promotional of a cause. I think that kind of advocacy through architecture is really good.
Eiffel saw his Tower in the form of a serious object, rational, useful;
men return it to him in the form of a great baroque dream which quite naturally touches on the borders of the irrational ... architecture is always dream and function, expression of a utopia and instrument of a convenience.
It takes a great client to create great architecture.
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.
There are only four great arts: music, painting, sculpture, and ornamental pastry- architecture being perhaps the least banal derivative of the latter.
The team architecture means setting up an organization that helps people produce that great work in teams.
In the Renaissance there wasn't a distinction.
Bernini was an artist and he made architecture, and Michelangelo also did some great architecture.
The great monuments are raised up like dams, pitting the logic of majesty and authority against all the shady elements: it is in the form of cathedrals and palaces that Church and State speak and impose silence on the multitudes.
Architecture exhibits the greatest extent of the difference from nature which may exist in works of art. It involves all the powers of design, and is sculpture and painting inclusively. It shows the greatness of man, and should at the same time teach him humility.
What is wanted in architecture, as in so many things, is a man.
... One suggestion might be made-no profession in England has done its duty until it has furnished a victim. ... Even our boasted navy never achieved a great victory until we shot an admiral. Suppose an architect were hanged? Terror has its inspiration, as well as competition.
Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture.
The thing about Chicago is that it really isn't like any other place.
The architecture and the layout of the city are the best. I'm from the Midwest, and consider myself a Midwesterner. I feel most at home there. I love California. I have great friends in California. I just have always considered Illinois to be home.