Thom Mayne's Quotes
Biography of Thom Mayne
I've learned that in order to achieve what I wanted, it made more sense to negotiate than to defend the autonomy of my work by pounding my fist on the table.Tags: Learned, Sense, Work
But I absolutely believe that architecture is a social activity that has to do with some sort of communication or places of interaction, and that to change the environment is to change behaviour.Tags: Architecture, Change, Social
The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art.Tags: Art, Ignorance, Society
Large-scale public projects require the agreement of large numbers of people.Tags: Large, Numbers, Public
Our idea of nature is increasingly being determined by scientific developments. And they have become decisive for our image of reality.Tags: Become, Nature, Reality
Scientific reality is the modern human condition, and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work.Tags: Human, Nature, Work
We only exist in terms of how we think we exist. Meaning every cultural development is fabricated and can be fabricated.Tags: Cultural, Exist, Meaning
Architecture is involved with the world, but at the same time it has a certain autonomy. This autonomy cannot be explained in terms of traditional logic because the most interesting parts of the work are non-verbal. They operate within the terms of the work, like any art.Tags: Art, Time, Work
I'm often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That's impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more.Tags: Architecture, Impossible, Today
It's too simplistic to advance the notion of the autonomy of art as a reason for turning away from the public. You can have autonomy and simultaneously have connections with the social and political world.Tags: Art, Away, Political
So at a time in which the media give the public everything it wants and desires, maybe art should adopt a much more aggressive attitude towards the public. I myself am very much inclined to take this position.Tags: Art, Attitude, Time
So I am totally aware that when I defend the autonomy of art I'm going counter to my own development. It's more an instinctive reaction, meant to protect the private aspect of the work, the part I am most interested in and which nowadays is at risk in our culture.Tags: Art, Culture, Work
So we can't go backwards, we can only go where the evolutionary trajectory is taking us and attune our ideas about ourselves and our existence to that course.Tags: Ideas, Ourselves, Taking
The aesthetic of architecture has to be rooted in a broader idea about human activities like walking, relaxing and communicating. Architecture thinks about how these activities can be given added value.Tags: Human, Idea, Value
You might say that when you step inside, you're entering a honorific space, but that's something totally different than experiencing it. And in architecture the experience comes first. That has the deepest effect on us.Tags: Experience, Might, Step
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