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Architecture And History Quotes


"Architecture wrote the history of the epochs and gave them their names." - Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

"Architecture and war are not incompatible. Architecture is war. War is architecture. I am at war with my time, with history, with all authority that resides in fixed and frightened forms." - Lebbeus Woods

"Modernism', as a label, has currency in the arts, architecture, planning, landscape, politics, theology, cultural history and elsewhere." - Tom Turner

"Besides numerous science courses, I had the opportunity to study philosophy, the history of architecture, economics, and Russian history in courses taught by extraordinarily knowledgeable professors." - Stanley B Prusiner

"One might regard architecture as history arrested in stone." - A. L. Rowse

"Architecture is art. I don't think you should say that too much, but it is art. I mean, architecture is many, many things. Architecture is science, is technology, is geography, is typography, is anthropology, is sociology, is art, is history. You know all this comes together. Architecture is a kind of bouillabaisse, an incredible bouillabaisse. And, by the way, architecture is also a very polluted art in the sense that it's polluted by life, and by the complexity of things." - Renzo Piano

"I believe very strongly, and have fought since many years ago - at least over 30 years ago - to get architecture not just within schools, but architecture talked about under history, geography, science, technology, art." - Richard Rogers

"Life is architecture and architecture is the mirror of life." - I. M. Pei

"I am inspired by music, travel, great architecture, and good, healthy food. I look for opportunities to learn about history, art, and cooking. When I learn, I grow." - Tim Matheson

"If architecture is the history of all phallic emotion, the Empire State Building is utter catharsis, and we are sitting in its silhouette." - Timothy Levitch

"Psilocybin, tryptamine, is in my opinion the means to eliminating the future by becoming cognizant of the architecture of eternity, which is modulating time and causing history, essentially." - Terence Mckenna

"I truly believe that the great heroes that create the history of architecture are people who take risks and write to tell about it." - Peter Eisenman

"I think I went to Italy initially for the art, architecture, food and history, but I stayed there because of the people in Cortona." - Frances Mayes

"I would say that to put architecture in the chain of history, to be able to interpret and understand why we are where we are, is quite crucial." - Rafael Moneo

"The history of architecture is the history of the struggle for light." - Le Corbusier

"Literature is painting, architecture, and music." - Yevgeny Zamyatin

"I must study Politics and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Music, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelain." - John Adams

"I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine. (12 May 1780)" - John Adams

"To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history, but to articulate it." - Daniel Libeskind

"The automobile is the greatest catastrophe in the entire history of City architecture." - Philip Johnson

"To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it." - Daniel Libeskind

"Buffalo is one of America's great designed cities. The interweaving of great architecture, landscape architecture and important historic sites makes Buffalo a must see destination for preservationists, designers, history buffs, and anyone wishing to see an inspiring example of American design." - Richard Moe

"From a purely tourist standpoint, Oxford is overpowering, being so replete with architecture and history and anecdote that the visitor's mind feels dribbling and helpless, as with an over-large mouthful of nougat." - Margaret Halsey

"Ever since childhood, I've been interested in history and myth. Not just the facts and figures of the past, but everything that contributes to shape our perception of an age: architecture, art, literature and so forth." - Anne Fortier

"Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture." - Tadao Ando

"Only architecture that considers human scale and interaction is successful architecture." - Jan Gehl

"Architecture has joined the world of fashion, but fashion is passing and architecture is timeless." - Moshe Safdie

"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." - Thomas Gibson

"Information and inspiration are everywhere... history, art, architecture, everything an illustrator needs. Europe is, after all, the land that has generated most of the enduring myths and legends of Western culture." - John Howe

"I believe that architecture is fundamentally a public space where people can gather and communicate, think about the history, think about the lives of human beings, or the world." - Tadao Ando

"Architecture is the printing-press of all ages, and gives a history of the state of the society in which it was erected, from the cromlech of the Druids to those toy-shops of royal bad taste" - Sydney, Lady Morgan

"In Rome, I particularly love the history, churches, sculptures and architecture and the fact that you can walk along a tiny cobbled street and turn the corner to find the Trevi Fountain. London is evocative of other eras and full of history." - Philip Treacy

"The history of the Jews has been written overwhelmingly by scholars of texts - understandably given the formative nature of the Bible and the Talmud. Seeing Jewish history through artifacts, architecture and images is still a young but spectacularly flourishing discipline that's changing the whole story." - Simon Schama

"Architecture is a dangerous mix of power and importance." - Rem Koolhaas

"Architecture depends on Order, Arrangement, Eurythmy, Symmetry , Propriety , and Economy." - Marcus Vitruvius Pollio

"Architecture depends on Order, Arrangement, Eurythmy, Symmetry, Propriety, and Economy." - Vitruvius

"Architecture is a dangerous mixture of power and impotence." - Rem Koolhaas

"The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture." - Salvador Dali

"Architecture struck me between the eye and the eyeball." - Louis Kahn

"Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture." - Arthur Erickson

"I don't want to do architecture that's dry and dull." - Frank Gehry

"Architecture is a slow business, and city planning even slower." - Richard Rogers

"I have tried to get close to the frontier between architecture and sculpture and to understand architecture as an art." - Santiago Calatrava

"There is no ecological architecture, no intelligent architecture and no sustainable architecture - there is only good architecture. There are always problems we must not neglect. For example, energy, resources, costs, social aspects - one must always pay attention to all these." - Eduardo Souto de Moura

"Architecture immortalizes and glorifies something. Hence there can be no architecture where there is nothing to glorify." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Qatar does not have much history, it's a new emirate. So I couldn't draw on the history of the country; its history is really just being a desert. But I thought, the one thing I must learn about for this project is the Islamic faith. So I read about Islam and Islamic architecture, and the more I studied the more I realized where the best Islamic buildings were." - I. M. Pei

"Montreal's a unique city, very fascinating stories of architecture and history, and it's this sort of bizarre mixture of Europe and North America. It's not quite Canada and it's not quite America, and it's definitely got this very Euro feel to it. It's a very, very interesting city." - Chris Demetral

"Among the innumerable monuments of architecture constructed by the Romans, how many have escaped the notice of history, how few have resisted the ravages of time and barbarism! And yet even the majestic ruins that are still scattered over Italy and the provinces, would be sufficient to prove that those countries were once the seat of a polite and powerful empire." - Edward Gibbon

"The hiring of Phil Messina, the production designer, was a big decision. He's so gifted, and his ideas were always so smart and rooted in American history and architecture. Nothing feels like it's not us, or couldn't be us, and I think that's very important." - Nina Jacobson

"I enjoy art, architecture, museums, churches and temples; anything that gives me insight into the history and soul of the place I'm in. I can also be a beach bum - I like to laze in the shade of a palm tree with a good book or float in a warm sea at sundown." - Cherie Lunghi

"When Moses was alive, these pyramids were a thousand years old. Here began the history of architecture. Here people learned to measure time by a calendar, to plot the stars by astronomy and chart the earth by geometry. And here they developed that most awesome of all ideas - the idea of eternity." - Walter Cronkite

"I feel very strongly that history is about everything. It isn't just about politics or the military or social issues. If art, music, engineering, science, medicine, finance, the world of architecture and technology - if those are left out, then you're not getting a full sense of the human condition. History is human and we human beings are involved in all kinds of things and that's part of our humanity." - David Mccullough

"I think modern architecture will stand as one of the great, great epochs in architectural history of all time. But like all other great epochs in architectural history, they have their beginnings and they have their peak, and they also have their decline. So I feel that very soon we will enter a new era, but we don't know yet what that era will be." - Friedrich St Florian

"Few developments central to the history of art have been so misrepresented or misunderstood as the brief, brave, glorious, doomed life of the Bauhaus - the epochally influential German art, architecture, crafts, and design school that was founded in Goethe's sleepy hometown of Weimar in 1919." - Martin Filler

"I remember coming back to the U.K. after spending five months in Charlotte for 'Homeland,' and I just found myself just wandering around London. There's nothing like it - the buildings, the architecture, the sense of history, the sense of culture - there really is nothing like it." - David Harewood

"The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history." - Russell Lynes

"When I am asked what I believe in, I say that I believe in architecture. Architecture is the mother of the arts. I like to believe that architecture connects the present with the past and the tangible with the intangible." - Richard Meier

"In the Renaissance there wasn't a distinction. Bernini was an artist and he made architecture, and Michelangelo also did some great architecture." - Frank Gehry

"Britain gets the architecture it deserves. We don't value architecture, we don't take it seriously, we don't want to pay for it and the architect isn't trusted." - David Chipperfield

"Architecture is my work, and Ive spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings." - Oscar Niemeyer

"The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture" - Alvar Aalto

"Architecture has to be greater than just architecture. It has to address social values, as well as technical and aesthetic values." - Samuel

"Britain gets the architecture it deserves. We do' value architecture, we do' take it seriously, we do' want to pay for it and the architect is' trusted." - David Chipperfield

"To sum up the state of architecture in America: ninety percent of the buildings we live in and around aren't architecture. No, that's not right - 98 percent." - Philip Johnson

"I believe architecture is a cultural output and I think Rem Koolhaas is one of the rare individuals who was able to really output architecture as cultural artifact." - Jimenez Lai

"The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture." - Alvar Aalto

"Japanese traditional architecture is created based on these conditions. This is the reason you have a very high degree of connection between the outside and inside in architecture." - Tadao Ando

"It's not new that architecture can profoundly affect a place, sometimes transform it. Architecture and any art can transform a person, even save someone." - Frank Gehry

"Mies van der Rohe's architecture and modern architecture in general suffered from not only being repetitive, but not explaining to the populous what the different rooms were for." - Charles Jencks

"Somehow, architecture alters the way we think about the world and the way we behave. Any serious architecture, as a litmus test, has to be that." - Thom Mayne

"Architecture is my work, and I've spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings." - Oscar Niemeyer

"For me, music and sound are both the language and underlying architecture of the cosmos." - Tom Kenyon

"The new architecture of transparency and lightness comes from Japan and Europe." - Arthur Erickson

"I like to think about machines and technology in relation to landscape and architecture." - Antoine Predock

"Architecture is always dream and function, expression of a utopia and instrument of a convenience." - Roland Barthes

"All architecture is great architecture after sunset." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Architecture should be dedicated to keeping the outside out and the inside in." - Leonard Baskin

"I believe that sensory pleasure should take precedence over intellectual pleasure in art and architecture." - Bernard Rudofsky

"I think in doing stand-up there are no rules and there's no architecture." - Michael Ian Black

"Architecture is the simplest means of articulating time and space, of modulating reality, of engendering dreams." - Ivan Chtcheglov

"A languid janitor bears His lantern through colonnades And the architecture swoons." - Wallace Stevens

"We need better architecture and planning: more imaginatively exciting, more involving, more our own." - Robin Boyd

"True features make the beauty of a face, and true proportions the beauty of architecture." - Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

"Architecture is like writing. You have to edit it over and over so it looks effortless" - Zaha Hadid

"Scribal culture and Gothic architecture were both concerned with light through, not light on." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Art and architecture - all the arts - do not have to exist in isolation," - Donald Judd

"Architecture exists, like cinema, in the dimension of time and movement" - Jean Nouvel

"We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost." - Ray Bradbury

"Architecture is to make us know and remember who we are." - Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

"A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of authentic democracy." - Walter Gropius

"By the unification of architecture, sculpture and painting a new plastic reality will be created." - Piet Mondrian

"When circumstances defy order, order should bend or break: anomalies and uncertainties give validity to architecture." - Robert Venturi

"Lovely promise and quick ruin are seen nowhere better than in Gothic architecture." - George Santayana

"Architecture is a social act and the material theater of human activity." - Spiro Kostof

"I make no special difference between architecture and design, they are two different stages of invention." - Ettore Sottsass

"Architecture is to make us know and remember who we are." - Geoffrey Jellicoe

"There are but two truths in the world - the Bible and Greek architecture." - Nicholas Biddle

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

"I think of architecture as language, and I look within the intra-communication between architects." - Jimenez Lai

"Architecture is one part science, one part craft and two parts art." - David Rutten

"Ghastly Good Taste, or a Depressing Story of the Rise and Fall of English Architecture." - John Betjeman

"Great architecture has only two natural enemies: water and stupid men." - Richard Nickel

"Architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and poetry, may truly be called the efflorescence of civilised life." - Herbert Spencer

"In architecture the idea degenerated. Design allows a more direct and pleasurable route." - Charles Eames

"Half of architecture students are women, and you see respected, established female architects all the time." - Zaha Hadid

"Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became." - Louis Kahn

"People kind of tend to mystify design and architecture by suggesting you need to train." - Marc Newson

"For architecture, nature provides only indications and analogies, not models to imitate." - Leon Krier

"My architecture is easy to understand. And enjoy. I hope it also is hard to forget." - Oscar Niemeyer

"Technological considerations are of great importance to architecture and cities in the informational society." - Kenzo Tange

"Doctrines provide an architecture for both Republican and Democrat presidents to carry out policies." - Malcolm Wallop

"I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one." - Luis Barragan

"The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it." - David Chipperfield

"Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light." - Le Corbusier

"To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects." - Le Corbusier

"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness." - Frank Gehry

"In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function." - Michael Graves

"The substance of fictional architecture is not bricks and mortar but evanescent consciousness." - John Updike

"Japanese architecture is very much copied in this country and in Europe." - Minoru Yamasaki

"Architecture is a ride - a physical ride and an intellectual ride." - Antoine Predock

"Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues." - Robert Smithson

"I've always been attracted to classic patterns in architecture, music and drama." - Robert Wilson

"Georgian architecture respected the scale of both the individual and the community." - Stephen Gardiner

"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over." - Ernest Hemingway

"The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture." - Helmut Jahn

"I'm a designer, which includes interiors, architecture, fashion, furniture, and lifestyle." - Kelly Wearstler

"Chinese architecture has a complete organic structure; it contains both sensibility and purpose." - Wu Guanzhong

"Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves." - Julia Morgan

"It was the drawing that led me to architecture, the search for light and astonishing forms." - Oscar Niemeyer

"The Fujiyama of Architecture?at once a lofty mountain and a national shrine." - Lewis Mumford

"I think architecture, to be really intense and fulfilling, doesn't have to be large." - Steven Holl

"When we come to understand architecture as the essential nature of all harmonious structure we will see that it is the architecture of music that inspired Bach and Beethoven, the architecture of painting that is inspiring Picasso as it inspired Velasquez, that it is the architecture of life itself that is the inspiration of the great poets and philosophers." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"For me, architecture is an art the same as painting is an art or sculpture is an art. Yet, architecture moves a step beyond painting and sculpture because it is more than using materials. Architecture responds to functional outputs and environmental factors. Yet, fundamentally, it is important for me to stress the art in architecture to bring harmony." - Santiago Calatrava

"The Grid makes the history of architecture and all previous lessons of urbanism irrelevant. It forces Manhattan's builders to develop a new system of formal values, to invent strategies for the distinction of one block from another. The Grid's two-dimensional discipline also creates undreamt-of freedom for three-dimensional anarchy. The Grid defines a new balance between control and de-control in which the city can be at the same time ordered and fluid, a metropolis of rigid chaos." - Rem Koolhaas

"She missed the built environment of New York City. It was only in an urban landscape, amid straight lines and architecture, that she could situate herself in human time and history. She missed people. She missed human intrigue, drama and power struggles. She needed her own species, not to talk to, necessarily, but just to be among, as a bystander in a crowd or an anonymous witness." - Ruth Ozeki

"Narrative, fiction filmmaking is the culmination of several art forms: theater, art history, architecture. Whereas doc filmmaking is more pure cinema, like cinema verite is film in its purest form. You're taking random images and creating meaning out of random images, telling a story, getting meaning, capturing something that's real, that's really happening, and render this celluloid sculpture of this real thing. That's what really separates the power of doc filmmaking from fiction." - George Hickenlooper

"At any point in the world's history most architecture is going to be bad but I think there's been a collective mentality since the late Conservative years - the end of Thatcher/start of Major and certainly continued throughout New Labour and continuing now - that new is necessarily better, so there is this neophilia which isn't the vanguard of progress, it's just the vanguard of the construction industry enjoying itself." - Jonathan Meades

"It is hard not to be inspired when you're living in New York. It doesn't matter what you do. I think that there is so much going on in this city. I like walking around or taking the subway, thinking about all the history here, looking at the architecture and all the people; of course, the museums. It's tough to find a better place to live." - Diego Klattenhoff

"Architecture is crystallized music." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Architecture must make connections" - Gottfried Bohm

"Architecture is petrified music." - Felix Emanuel Schelling

"Architecture is petrified music." - Felix Schelling

"Architecture aims at Eternity" - Christopher Wren

"Architecture is politics." - Mitchell Kapor

"Architecture is inhabited sculpture." - Constantin Brancusi

"Architecture is always political." - Richard Rogers

"I love architecture." - Chris Pine

"Architecture aims at Eternity." - Christopher Wren

"Architecture is invention." - Oscar Niemeyer

"I have a fairly unwieldy set of concerns that go into determining what I do in the paintings, such as the history of the decorative, patterns of cultural migration, Islamic art and design, Byzantine architecture, the annals of natural history, as well as contemporary painting. All of these things are filtered through my own sense of cultural urgency. How I proceed with the work has to do with how I respond to this instinctively chosen mass of materials. I'm weighing many things and making many decisions before I even get started on a painting." - Philip Taaffe



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