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Rem Koolhaas Quotes and Sayings

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Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.
- Rem Koolhaas

Related topics: Architecture

One of our theories is that one can offset this excessive
compulsion toward the spectacular with a return to simplicity.
- Rem Koolhaas

The areas of consensus shift unbelievably fast;
the bubbles of certainty are constantly exploding.
- Rem Koolhaas

Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major
drivers and has been from the very beginning.
- Rem Koolhaas

 

Designs are increasingly winning competitions because
they are literally green,
and because somewhere they feature a small windmill.
- Rem Koolhaas

It is not possible to live in this age if you don't
have a sense of many contradictory forces.
- Rem Koolhaas

The great problem of the concert hall is that the shoebox
is the ideal shape for acoustics but that no architect
worth their names wants to build a shoebox.
- Rem Koolhaas

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We felt it was very important for an entity like CCTV
to make its presence felt...
To generate a space and to define a space,
that is the main thing.
- Rem Koolhaas

The luxury of our position now is that we can almost
assemble any team to address any issue.
- Rem Koolhaas

We live in an almost perfect stillness and work with incredible urgency.
- Rem Koolhaas

But now sustainability is such a political category
that it's getting more and more difficult to think
about it in a serious way.
Sustainability has become an ornament.
- Rem Koolhaas

It's a weird city because the uglier the weather,
the more beautiful the city.
And the uglier the buildings, the more coherent the city.
- Rem Koolhaas

Our office acts like a kind of educational establishment
and we are very careful who we educate.
- Rem Koolhaas

If you have this reputation you can sit back and endure it,
or you can try to do things with it.
- Rem Koolhaas

When shopping was still connected to the street it
was also an intensification and articulation of the street.
Now it has become utterly independent -
contained,
controlled, surveyed.
- Rem Koolhaas

The work in S, M, L, XL was almost suicidal.
It required so much effort that our office almost went bankrupt.
- Rem Koolhaas

Prada is extremely directed in terms of communicating
what they like and what they don't like.
That is actually extremely pleasant because it clarifies
very easily what you can do and what you need to do.
- Rem Koolhaas

We say we want to create beauty, identity,
quality, singularity.
And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired.
Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living.
- Rem Koolhaas

Influence is a very unpleasant subject and I deal with
it in a maybe irresponsible way,
which is to really ignore it.
It would be a nightmare if we started to really think about it;
it would tie our hands,
it would tie everyone else's hands.
- Rem Koolhaas

The thing is that I have a really intense,
almost compulsive need to record.
But it doesn't end there, because what I record is
somehow transformed into a creative thing.
There is a continuity.
Recording is the beginning of a conceptual production.
I am somehow collapsing the two - recording and producing -
into a single event.
- Rem Koolhaas

People can inhabit anything.
And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything.
More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it.
Of course, that's both liberating and alarming.
- Rem Koolhaas

The intellectual force of the West is still dominant,
but other cultures are getting stronger.
I expect that we will develop a new way of thinking
in architecture and urban planning,
and that less will be based on our models.
- Rem Koolhaas

Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years,
so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the
acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture.
- Rem Koolhaas

I think one of the important evolutions is that we
no longer feel compulsively the need to argue,
or to justify things on a kind of rational level.
We are much more willing to admit that certain things
are completely instinctive and others are really intellectual.
- Rem Koolhaas

I'd say that my profession ends where architectural thinking ends -
architectural thinking in terms of thinking about programs
and organizational structure.
These abstractions play a role in many other disciplines,
and those disciplines are now defining their 'architectures' as well.
- Rem Koolhaas

When air conditioning, escalators, and advertising appeared,
shopping expanded its scale, but also limited its spontaneity.
And it became much more predictable,
almost scientific.
What had once been the most surprising became the most manipulated.
- Rem Koolhaas

Each building has to be beautiful, but cheap and fast,
but it lasts forever.
That is already an incredible battery of seemingly contradictory demands.
So yes, I'm definitely perhaps contradictory person,
but I operate in very contradictory times.
- Rem Koolhaas

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius PHOTO

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

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 most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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