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Processionalism is primary – how you get from one place to another, the relationships and effects of spaces as you move about in them. That’s…
I used to think that each phase of life was the end. But now that my view on life is more or less fixed, I…
How does an artist know when the line that he just painted is good or not good? That’s the catch. De Kooning was the greatest…
Faith? Haven’t any. I’m not a nihilist or a relativist. I don’t believe in anything but change. I’m a Heraclitean – you can’t step in…
I like to be buttoned onto tradition. The thing is to improve it, twist it and mold it; to make something new of it; not…
In my own work, I’d say I’m a classicist, but I look everywhere for my solutions. I don’t study the toilet-living habits of my clients,…
You cannot not know history.
There’s no worse feeling than seeing my buildings and realizing the mistakes.
There’s only one reason for my whole life, and that’s art. Nothing else counts; nothing else gives me pleasure; nothing else gives me satisfaction.
The people with money to build today are corporations – they are our popes and Medicis. The sense of pride is why they build.
There’s no such thing as old age. I’m no different now than I was 50 years ago. I’m just having more fun.
If architects weren’t arrogant, they wouldn’t be architects. I don’t know a modest good architect.
I guess I want to make money just like other people, perhaps more than most people.
I get between nine and ten hours of sleep. Go to bed at 8:30 and get up at 6:00 or 6:30 if I oversleep.
I wish someone would ask me to design a cathedral.
I always think of buildings in their settings, but so do other architects.
Anybody can build a building, putting some doors into it, but how many times have you been in a building that moves you to tears…
I’m about four skyscrapers behind.
Doing a house is so much harder than doing a skyscraper.
Maybe, just maybe, we shall at last come to care for the most important, most challenging, surely the most satisfying of all architectural creations: building…
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