Long before I was struck with cancer, I felt something stirring in American society. It was a sense among the people of the country—Republicans and Democrats alike—that something was missing from their lives, something crucial. I was trying to position the Republican Party to take advantage of it. But I wasn't exactly sure what ‘it’ was. My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society was what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood.... Love each other a little more, care about each other, and get away from that [dirty, negative] kind of politics.
And so, as we closely consider each element of this very building [a bathhouse in a country villa], we cannot but be offended that we see one door off towards the side and the other placed almost in the middle but not quite in the middle. Obviously, in man-made things, an asymmetry of parts which lacks any compelling necessity for being that way seems to inflict a certain injury, as it were, on sight itself. On the other hand, the fact that the three windows inside--one in the middle, two on the sides--pour light onto the bath at equal intervals--how much that delights us who gaze upon it carefully and how much it takes the mind into itself, is a manifest thing not needing to be opened up for you with many words. This is why architects themselves are already calling this phenomenon by their own words 'reason' and they say that parts arranged disproportionately do not have 'reason.'
From De Ordine' (On Order)
For any given criticism of new urbanism, there exists an equal and corresponding criticism that makes exactly the opposite point.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
All of the old-timers knew that subprime mortgages were what we called neutron loans: they killed the people and left the houses. The deals made in 2005 and 2006 were going to run into trouble because the credit pendulum at the time was stuck at easy.
No urban area will prosper unless it attracts those who can choose to live wherever they wish.
In the desire to be collaborative, don't forget leadership. Don't be embarrassed to lead. There are too many efforts where it's all about 'getting everyone to the table.' Everyone goes away feeling good, but no one's doing anything.
A good sustainability and quality of life indicator: The average amount of time spent in a car.
In a quality city, a person should be able to live their entire life without a car, and not feel deprived.
Office development...pollutes land, air, and water as surely as industrial development once did. Office buildings pollute by generating vehicle traffic. A downtown office building well served by transit pollutes far less than a suburban office building accessible only by car.
Neighborhood activism is a path to political power in American cities today, and city halls are filled with former activists more sympathetic to the social agenda than to the physical agenda.
On ineffective planners: They often tend to write trivial plans... lists of decisions that have already been taken. They defend their professional turf by inventing esoteric languages. They spend their energy in developing planning methodologies that are arcane and difficult to interpret. They often avoid complex choices, preferring to list alternatives and to provide large volumes of data without facing the need for choices...They invent names and functions for planning and often protect themselves by routinizing planning. Planning becomes bureaucratic, data are collected, analysis takes place routinely, and no one seems to have much to say about the usefulness of these planning efforts except those who carry them out... They overemphasize the professional sanctity of their craft.
The rigid, isolated object is of no use whatsoever. It must be inserted into the context of living social relations.
What gets us into trouble isn't what we don't know; its what we know for sure that just ain't so.
In our egalitarian democracy we have just about empowered a branch of the government, the FHA, to specify the size and shape of the typical American suburban master bedroom in which all Americans are thus created equal.
One of these days I'll get around to making the case that today's highbrow-architecture scene is well understood as something akin to the high-end women's-fashion world. Both fields specialize in the creation of brittle, hysterical whimsies that are sometimes amusing in snobbish and absurd ways. Little harm is done when such productions are fodder for the pages of Vogue, and when they're understood to serve fantasy purposes. But what kind of person would impose high-strung, soon-to-fall- out-of-fashion craziness on our public realm?
The most destructive force I continue to see is the grafting of suburban types... building-lot configurations, street types, landscaping, public works, open space... onto urban settings. This has fueled the destruction of the city as well as frustrated the construction of new urban places.
Anti-transgressive art is one committed to the construction of criteria rather than the breaking of taboos.
Bureaucracies to be effective must move slowly and deliberately, in the manner of planets and vegetables.
Look, I don't do marketing studies. If I do good looking architecture that makes a great place, I figure somebody will buy it.
Those who buy into the suburbs because they want to be close to nature are going to keep doing so. The point of parks in cities is not to satisfy that urge, but to make better urbanism for those who want real urbanism.
NIMBY reactionaries don't stop change in the long run. They simply help to insure that it happens in the worst possible way.
In civilized countries there are no fashions: it is an honor to resemble the models.
Things Which Pass, 1925
Who cares what Eisenman's or for a matter of fact what any architect's artistic or religious beliefs are? They would only be of interest if the work was of interest and more often then not architects like Eisenman try to substitute ideology for architecture.
As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes.
The most intrinsically green buildings are those that already exist. This is because constructing a new building consumes 15 to 30 times the building's annual energy use. Reusing it after its original purpose is obsolete makes an old building even greener, because the new purpose does not require a new building ...
Appropriate architecture and urban design should be to the extent that you make people feel at home.
Americans are broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive there's something wrong with him.
Cars are happiest when there are no other cars around. People are happiest when there are other people around.
The world is being forced, not in 10 years but today, to choose between feeding people and feeding cars.
I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets...