Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need.
What is design? It’s where you stand with a foot in two worlds – the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes – and you try to bring the two together.
Design works if it’s authentic, inspired, and has a clear point of view. It can’t be a collection of input.
The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
Even a true artist does not always produce art.
Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.
What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.
I am but an architectural composer.
Alexander Jackson Davis
I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.
I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.
Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns.
Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.
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.
Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.
The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.