A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive. A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable. A house is a machine for living in. All architects want to live beyond their deaths. An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site. Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their attention on the building as a static object. I believe dynamics are more important: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition. Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise. Architecture doesn't come from theory. You don't think your way through a building. Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea. Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all. Architecture is the art of how to waste space. Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. Architecture tends to consume everything else, it has become one's entire life. As a designer, the mission with which we have been charged is simple: providing space at the right cost. Buildings should serve people, not the other way around. Changes in the traditional way of building are only permitted if they are an improvement. Otherwise stay with what is traditional, for truth, even if it be hundreds of years old has a stronger inner bond with us than the lie that walks by our side.
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