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Born: 1902-02-11
Profession: Architect
Nation: Danish
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With a painter or a sculptor, one cannot begin to alter his works, but an architect has to put up with anything, because he makes utility objects - the building is there to be used, and times change.

Tags: Cannot, Change, Put

I have no philosophy, my favourite thing is sitting in the studio.

Tags: Philosophy, Sitting, Studio

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.

Tags: Art, Becomes, Building

Now, the downside to conservation is that so much is done for the public, which almost always mars the environment that one wanted to conserve.

Tags: Done, Public, Wanted

Carrying out the thing, getting it to the point when one might say: There, now it is good - that point is hard to reach. Often, one sets very high goals for oneself. Perhaps too high.

Tags: Good, Hard, Often

Architecture tends to consume everything else, it has become one's entire life.

Tags: Architecture, Become, Life

That is the artistic task: To choose the best from these solutions.

Tags: Best, Choose, Task

But inspiration? - That's when you come home from abroad and are asked: Well, have you found inspiration? - and fortunately you haven't. But the impressions sink in, of course, and may emerge later: None of us has invented the house; that was done many thousands of years ago.

Tags: Done, Home, May

That business of relaxation, which is so terribly modern today, is all good and well, but my work interests me so much, and is so varied, that many times it seems relaxing when I go from one aspect to another.

Tags: Business, Good, Work

You will soon find that I am a bit obsessive about my work. And that is a little sad, one often feels strangely restricted, not finding time to simmer, although one actually has many interests.

Tags: Sad, Time, Work

Almost every time I make a building, some people will condemn it straight to Hell.

Tags: Almost, Hell, Time

I don't see that any buildings should be excluded from the term architecture, as long as they are done properly.

Tags: Buildings, Done, Excluded

People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it.

Tags: Buy, Care, Chair

The primary factor is proportions.

Tags: Design, Factor, Primary

There is always a point when one senses one's lack of skill, the doubt.

Tags: Doubt, Lack, Point

And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture.

Tags: Big, Deep, Today

Besides, I think that when one has been through a boarding school, especially then, you have some resistance, because it was both fine comradeship and a fairly hard training.

Tags: Hard, School, Training

Furniture manufacturing in plastics requires very costly machinery, which the Danish market is not big enough to justify. Or so they say. But show me a plastics manufacturer who dares to take on the experiment.

Tags: Big, Enough, Show

I am going to be working on bathroom fittings for a company in the USA, and then I thought it was appropriate to simplify the fittings and, thus, lowering the cost.

Tags: Company, Thought, Working

I do not feel certain until I have confronted my initial solution with other solutions - although in fact the first solution often proves to be the right one.

Tags: Fact, Often, Until

If architecture had nothing to do with art, it would be astonishingly easy to build houses, but the architect's task - his most difficult task - is always that of selecting.

Tags: Art, Difficult, Easy

In a way, the sense of quality has improved, the status symbol of the small things is gone, and it is acceptable to use stainless steel, even if the neighbour uses silver.

Tags: Quality, Sense, Small

In addressing a task, one almost always has several possible options, sometimes only a few, and they may all be practical and functional. But they lack the aesthetic aspect that raises it to architecture.

Tags: Few, May, Sometimes

On the other hand, I don't understand the enthusiasm for everything in the antique shop that Grandma threw out. There, the sense of quality has declined; otherwise Grandma wouldn't have thrown it out.

Tags: Hand, Sense, Understand

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.

Tags: Architecture, Beauty, Old

When I travel, I draw and paint sketches which is great fun. And as long as you are fully aware that it has nothing to do with actual art, I think that's all right.

Tags: Art, Great, Travel

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It is our art that has an opportunity to leave a footprint in the sand. They don't wrap fish in our work.

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The permanent power brokers of this city are the columnists.

Tags: City, Permanent, Power

When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.

Tags: Everyone, Pride, Reading

Washington is the only city in the world where you can go to a black-tie dinner and there at the foot of the table is a television set up to catch a press conference.

Tags: City, Dinner, Television

There is no need for nuclear. The world can be powered by wind, water and sun alone.

Tags: Alone, Sun, Wind

Every dollar spent on nuclear is one less dollar spent on clean renewable energy and one more dollar spent on making the world a comparatively dirtier and a more dangerous place, because nuclear power and nuclear weapons go hand in hand.

Tags: Energy, Place, Power

If our nation wants to reduce global warming, air pollution and energy instability, we should invest only in the best energy options. Nuclear energy isn't one of them.

Tags: Best, Energy, Nation

You can power the entire U.S. vehicle fleet with 73,000 to 145,000 five-megawatt wind turbines. That would take between one and three square kilometers of footprint on the ground.

Tags: Between, Power, Wind

You could power America with renewables from a technical and economic standpoint. The biggest obstacles are social and political - what you need is the will to do it.

Tags: America, Political, Power