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Philip Johnson's Profile

Brief about Philip Johnson: By info that we know Philip Johnson was born at 1906-07-08. And also Philip Johnson is American Architect.

Some Philip Johnson's quotes. Goto "Philip Johnson's quotation" section for more.

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.

Tags: Architecture, Art, Space

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.

Tags: Architecture, Design, Great

All architects want to live beyond their deaths.

Tags: Architects, Beyond, Death

I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?

Tags: Hate, Sit, Why

Doing a house is so much harder than doing a skyscraper.

Tags: Harder, House, Skyscraper

Don't build a glass house if you're worried about saving money on heating.

Tags: Build, House, Money

I call myself a traditionalist, although I have fought against tradition all my life.

Tags: Against, Call, Life

I haven't any wisdom - just a child like everybody else. I'm not as great as Frank Lloyd Wright.

Tags: Else, Great, Wisdom

I wouldn't build a building if it wasn't of interest to me as a potential work of art. Why should I?

Tags: Art, Why, Work

I'm about four skyscrapers behind.

Tags: Behind, Four

The first complete sentence out of my mouth was probably that line about consistency being the hobgoblin of small minds.

Tags: Line, Minds, Small

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 the way Beethoven's 'Eighth' does?

Tags: Anybody, Tears, Times

Concrete you can mold, you can press it into - after all, you haven't any straight lines in your body. Why should we have straight lines in our architecture? You'd be surprised when you go into a room that has no straight line - how marvelous it is that you can feel the walls talking back to you, as it were.

Tags: After, Body, Why

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 the same river twice.

Tags: Change, Faith, Step

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 of my contemporaries in art, and he knew when he'd done a good line. When he didn't, he threw it away. I wish I'd thrown away some of mine.

Tags: Art, Good, Greatest

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 to deny it. The riches of history can be plucked at any point.

Tags: History, Improve, Point

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, although that's a popular approach. First, I think of every building in history that has been similar in purpose. Then I think of the functional program - that's a major part of the study.

Tags: History, Study, Work

It is wonderful to be in the country in a glass house, because no matter what happens out there, you're nice and safe, you know, cuddled in your little bed, and there it is, raging storms, snowing - wonderful.

Tags: Country, Nice, Wonderful

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 cities for people to live in.

Tags: Care, Last, Maybe

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 worked out awfully well in the State Theater. I'm a 'straight-in' man myself; I'm too nervous, I like to know where I am. I also like to know where I'm going.

Tags: Another, Place, State