Is the whole of life visible to us, or isn't it rather that this side of death we see only one hemisphere? Painters--to take them alone--dead and buried, speak to the next generation or to several succeeding generations through their work. Is that all, or is there more to come? Perhaps death is not the hardest thing in a painter's life. For my own part, I declare I know nothing whatever about it, but looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map. Why, I ask myself, shouldn't the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of Xxxx? Just as we take the train to get to Yyyyyyy or Zzzzz, we take death to reach a star.
Walk to Work. Drive for Fun.
An advertisement for a condominium high-rise two blocks south of the Chicago Board of Trade, and offering a drawing for a Mini Cooper. Developer: Roszak/ADC, marketed by Maher Partners
Tradition is the tending of the fire, not the worship of the ashes.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Human beings will be happier... not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie... but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
Never look at an ugly thing twice. It is fatally easy to get accustomed to corrupting influences.
The things we don’t do early in the day are generally the things that don’t get done. We indicate what we value the most by doing it at the beginning of the day. We indicate the things we value least by putting them off.
50 years ago, city planning practices and codes moved from being community unifiers to suburban dividers.
For the first time in human history, people are systematically building meaningless places.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
How soon we forget history... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
If you create the most beautiful and evocative memorial that lasts 10 years, you have not truly met your objective. You must build a memorial that will last through the generations.
on the Oklahoma Bombing Memorial
I am tired of being blamed for owning an SUV when I actually walk to work every day. It is not the miles per gallon that matters; it's the gallons per person. Cars don’t burn gas... people do.
Generica: Fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions, as in we were so lost in Generica, I didn't know what city it was.
I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult.
That looks like they're trying to go around the world in 80 styles...
on a style-based TND using far too many styles
The public is a thick-skinned beast and you have to keep whacking away on its hide to let it know you're there.
It is difficult to design a place that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.
You can measure the health of a city by the vitality and energy of its streets and public spaces.
One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
quoted by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inauguration
The problem with the Global Village is all the Global Village Idiots.
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Has there ever been another place on earth where so many people of wealth and power have paid for and put up with so much architecture they detested? I doubt it seriously. Every child goes to school in a building that looks like a duplicating-machine replacement-parts wholesale distribution warehouse. Not even the school board, who commissioned it and approved the plans, can figure it out. The main thing is to try to avoid having to explain it to the parents.
From Bauhaus to Our House
Is it merely an arbitrary postulate to believe that all beliefs are mere arbitrary postulates?
What we must know in organic architecture is not found in books. It is necessary to have recourse to Nature with a capital N in order to get an education. Necessary to learn from trees, flowers, shells -- objects which contain truths of form following function.* If we stopped there, then it would be mererly imitation. But if we dig deep enough... we arrive at secrets of form related to purpose that will make of the tree a building, and the building a tree.
To become unfashionable is fatal for that which is only a fashion. But for a substantial proposition it is not a depressing prospect to pass out of fashion.