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Japanese Architecture Quotes


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

"Japanese architecture is traditionally based on wooden structures that need renovating on a regular basis." - Tadao Ando

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

"Of all the lessons most relevant to architecture today, Japanese flexibility is the greatest." - Stephen Gardiner

"Architecture is petrified music." - Felix Emanuel Schelling

"Architecture is inhabited sculpture." - Constantin Brancusi

"I love architecture." - Chris Pine

"Architecture aims at Eternity." - Christopher Wren

"I'm fascinated by Japanese cuisine." - Eric Ripert

"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

"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

"I first decided architecture was for me when I saw Le Corbusier's designs in a Japanese magazine in the 1930s." - Kenzo Tange

"Since I am a Japanese man who's been building through the experience of Japanese architecture, my actual designs come from Japanese architectural concepts, although they're based on Western methods and materials." - Tadao Ando

"Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

"We have to change from 'ego-architecture' to 'eco-architecture.'" - Jaime Lerner

"Architecture trumps licensing any time." - Tim O'Reilly

"Good architecture lets nature in." - Mario Pei

"Architecture theory is very interesting." - David Byrne

"I call architecture frozen music." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"We must not again underestimate the Japanese." - Chester W Nimitz

"How could they possibly be Japanese planes?" - Husband E. Kimmel

"The Japanese are hard to figure out." - Jerry Garcia

"When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan." - Tadao Ando

"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

"Spiritual space is lost in gaining convenience. I saw the need to create a mixture of Japanese spiritual culture and modern western architecture." - Tadao Ando

"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

"The room is the beginning of architecture." - Louis Kahn

"Greek architecture is the flowering of geometry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"L"architecture est art de suggestion." - Daniel Pennac

"Architecture is the thoughtful making of space" - Louis Kahn

"Life is more important than architecture." - Oscar Niemeyer

"I wanted to disconnect from contemporary architecture" - Rem Koolhaas

"Dressmaking is the architecture of movement" - Pierre Balmain

"Architecture in general is frozen music." - Friedrich von Schelling

"Dismantling the architecture of my discontent" - Paul Auster

"Architecture is what nature cannot make. Architecture is something unnatural but not something made up." - Louis Kahn

"EMBRACING THE EXISTING Japanese perspective on urban history and context" - Kengo Kuma

"I believe, the Japanese film industry must be open." - Hiroyuki Sanada

"Japanese are very proud and workaholics. Proud workaholics." - Yoko Ono

"My favorite kitchen was the Japanese and the Italian kitchen." - Karl Lagerfeld

"The Japanese have a strong tendency to suppress their own feelings. That's the Japanese character. They kill their own emotions." - Ichiro Suzuki

"Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life." - Gretchen Rubin

"Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together." - Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." - Laurie Anderson

"Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions." - Coco Chanel

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

"True architecture exists only where man stands in the center." - Alvar Aalto

"Modern architecture is not a style, it's an attitude" - Marcel Breuer

"Architecture is not about space but about time." - Vito Acconci

"Trying to explain music is like trying to dance architecture." - Thelonious Monk

"The criteria for architecture after the tsunami is humbleness" - Kengo Kuma

"Architecture is much more than a profession; It's a discipline." - Odile Decq

"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." - Frank Zappa

"Architecture is the real battleground of the spirit." - Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Steve Martin

"An important work of architecture will create polemics." - Richard Meier

"It takes a great client to create great architecture." - Curtis W. Fentress

"Architecture is by definition a very collaborative process." - Joshua Princeramus

"The art of the word is painting + architecture + music." - Yevgeny Zamyatin

"So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal..." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"We were in negotiations, but then the Japanese side suspended them unilaterally. Now, at the request of our Japanese partners, we have reopened these talks." - Vladimir Putin

"The film begins with a visual list of eight and a half Japanese Pachinko Parlours filmed in several Japanese cities - Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto." - Peter Greenaway

"We made air attacks on the Japanese anchorage, sinking and damaging several vessels. However, the Japanese were alerted to the fact that American carriers were nearby." - Jack Adams

"I've never studied the Japanese. That's something that must have crept in there. But the Japanese are my biggest clients. They seem to like the elemental quality." - Andrew Wyeth

"You could say that my aim is 'to recover the place'. The place is a result of nature and time; this is the most important aspect. I think my architecture is some kind of frame of nature. With it, we can experience nature more deeply and more intimately. Transparency is a characteristic of Japanese architecture; I try to use light and natural materials to get a new kind of transparency." - Kengo Kuma

"You could say that my aim is "to recover the place". The place is a result of nature and time; this is the most important aspect. I think my architecture is some kind of frame of nature. With it, we can experience nature more deeply and more intimately. Transparency is a characteristic of Japanese architecture; I try to use light and natural materials to get a new kind of transparency." - Kengo Kuma

"When this war is over, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell!" - William Halsey

"Their racial characteristics are such that we cannot understand or trust even the citizen Japanese." - Henry L Stimson

"My favorite piece of technical writing: Assembly of Japanese bicycle require great peace of mind." - Robert M Pirsig

"The Japanese are hard to understand, but once you do the world is your oyster." - Paul Smith

"God bless the universe, God bless Japanese, Chinese, Indians, all of them and let's have peace." - Mickey Rooney

"If the Japanese are so smart, why do they eat with sticks?" - Jerry Lawler

"You can't be citing Japanese internment camps for anything the president elect is going to do!" - Megyn Kelly

"Japanese refer to Europe as a museum and America as a farm." - Robert Gilpin

"By the time we're through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell." - William Halsey

"My brother then bought 1000 Japanese cameras. They all go, "Crick"." - Henny Youngman

"Lexington did launch its air group when a Japanese carrier was reported." - Jack Adams

"In basic training we had been told to watch out for Japanese spies." - Jack Adams

"The Japanese invaded Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, on May 4." - Jack Adams

"Japanese attitudes toward work seem to be critically different from American attitudes." - Akio Morita

"In Japanese sushi restaurants, a lot of sushi chefs talk too much." - Masa Takayama

"The Japanese keenly learned from Western civilisation in a bid to modernize and preserve the nation." - Akihito

"I've got lots of weird illustrations of me from Japanese fans." - Jamie Bell

"Seppuku is Japanese for ritual suicide. I thought, What a cute name for a coat." - Lexa Doig

"I shall ask to see whether they want me in dress clothes or in Japanese." - Sessue Hayakawa

"For many years, my favorite director has been the Japanese giant Akira Kurosawa." - Henry Rollins

"I think the French and the Japanese are both obsessed by seasons, small producers, freshness." - Alain Ducasse

"Another dynamic of this last year was our increased penetration into the Japanese market." - David Milne

"I think Japanese audiences are much more attentive than a London audience." - James Blake

"Sort of like, I have to make the Japanese lyrics really deep." - Utada Hikaru

"One of my favorite Japanese proverbs is "Fall down 7 times, stand up 8"." - Georges St-Pierre

"Indian junk food is my sin, even though I pretend to like Japanese." - Sonam Kapoor

"Architecture is for the young. If our teenagers don't get architecture - if they are not inspired, (then) we won't have the architecture that we must have if this country is going to be beautiful." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"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

"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

"I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it. So I signed up for acting instead." - Tom Selleck

"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

"Some people think architecture is about the genius sketch; I don't. Great architecture is a collaboration among a lot of people over a long period of time." - Joshua Princeramus

"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

"First, there is the bare beauty of the logs themselves with their long lines and firm curves. Then there is the open charm felt of the structural features which are not hidden under plaster and ornament, but are clearly revealed, a charm felt in Japanese architecture." - Gustav Stickley

"The genius of architecture seems to have shed its maledictions over this land." - Thomas Jefferson

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

"When I see architecture that moves me, I hear music in my inner ear" - Frank Lloyd Wright

"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

"One cannot make architecture without studying the condition of life in the city" - Aldo Rossi

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

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

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

"Architecture must make connections" - Gottfried Bohm

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

"Madame de Stael pronounced architecture to be frozen music; so is statuary crystallized spirituality." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"In the present day our literary masonry is well done, but our architecture is poor." - Joseph Joubert

"Architecture has the power to create order out of unholy confusion." - Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

"Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture." - Frank Lloyd Wright

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

"Ive always seen architecture as a healing art, not just as a beautification art." - James Polshek

"Since it [architecture] is music in space, as it were a frozen music." - Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

"The Fire Department has traditionally considered architecture a priority only when it's burning down." - Justin Davidson

"The architecture we remember is that which never consoles or comforts us." - Peter Eisenman

"Architecture is petrified music." - Felix Schelling

"The rules of logic are to mathematics what those of structure are to architecture." - Bertrand Russell

"I think of architecture as a piece of clothing to wrap around human beings" - Toyo Ito

"Architecture is not just for the moment, it is not just for the next fashion magazine" - Daniel Libeskind

"Architecture isn't just about creating new buildings, sometimes its about retuning what's already there.." - John Pawson

"Architecture is an applied art, founded not on theories but on practice." - Witold Rybczynski

"I only like decoration if it plays second to the architecture of a dress," - Madeleine Vionnet

"It's time for architecture to do things again, not just represent things." - Joshua Prince-Ramus

"Architecture aims at Eternity" - Christopher Wren

"It's time for architecture to do things again, not just represent things." - Joshua Prince-Ramus

"The back of Saint Peter's is one of the finest pieces of architecture I've ever seen." - Frank Gehry

"It's not new that architecture can profoundly affect a place, sometimes transform it." - Frank Gehry

"I view the JVM as just another architecture that Perl ought to be ported to." - Larry Wall

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

"If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture..." - Oscar Wilde

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

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

"Architecture is the will of the age conceived in spatial terms." - Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

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

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

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

"Architecture is politics." - Mitchell Kapor

"I love architecture almost as much as I love my musicals." - Cameron Mackintosh

"Trying to describe something musical is like dancing to architecture, it's really difficult." - Robert Palmer

"Architecture cannot be understood without some knowledge of the society it serves." - Hugh Casson

"To some extent I've always taken the architecture of the space into account." - Wade Guyton

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

"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



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