quotes about art, architecture and other important things

a collection of quotes that I gathered over the years through my reading.  I don't necessarily agree with all of the ideas and opinions expressed herein but those that either provoked thought or tickled were included.

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“Architecture tries to preserve body heat and ritual.” – – Hans Hollein [1934-2014] Austrian postmodern architect and designer

Hans Hollein in 1976

Hans Hollein in 1976

“Architecture is the knowing, correct, and magnificent play of forms beneath the sun.” – – Le Corbusier [1887-1965] Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris in 1933, better known as Le Corbusier

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris in 1933, better known as Le Corbusier

“Architecture needs no explanation, and its reason-for-being comes with being built and inhabited.  Too close a reliance on the verbal explanation reduces the building to the status of a footnote.” – –  Robert McCarter [b. about 1953] American architect, author and educator

Robert McCarter

Robert McCarter

“Architecture is to make us know and remember who we are.” – – Geoffrey Jellicoe [1900-1996] English architect, town planner, landscape architect, garden designer and author

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

“Architecture is the art of how to waste space.” – – Phillip Johnson [1906-2005] American architect advocating the the modernist then the postmodernist idiom

Philip Cortelyou Johnson

Philip Cortelyou Johnson