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Born: 1942-01-19
Profession: Architect
Nation: American
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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

Descriptions of my work depress me. They make me feel pinned down.

Tags: Depress, Pinned, Work

For me the meaning of my work is much more fluid.

Tags: Fluid, Meaning, Work

I've been such an outsider my whole life.

Tags: Life, Outsider, Whole

Large-scale public projects require the agreement of large numbers of people.

Tags: Large, Numbers, Public

My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness.

Tags: Means, Speak, Words

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

The multiplicity of ideas is what I'm interested in.

Tags: Ideas, Interested

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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