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Thom Mayne Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Architecture

Scientific reality is the modern human condition,
and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work.
- Thom Mayne

Our idea of nature is increasingly being determined
by scientific developments.
And they have become decisive for our image of reality.
- Thom Mayne

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.
- Thom Mayne

 

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

I've been such an outsider my whole life.
- Thom Mayne

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

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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.
- Thom Mayne

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

The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance
of the ideas that underlie modern art.
- Thom Mayne

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

We only exist in terms of how we think we exist.
Meaning every cultural development is fabricated and can be fabricated.
- Thom Mayne

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.
- Thom Mayne

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.
- Thom Mayne

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.
- Thom Mayne

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.
- Thom Mayne

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.
- Thom Mayne

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.
- Thom Mayne

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.
- Thom Mayne

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.
- Thom Mayne

Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child,
to whom all of life is a grand adventure.
Life is your playground.
Fashion grand castles and sweeping boulevards,
defeat fire-breathing dragons,
leap tall buildings in a single bound.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The physician can bury his mistakes,
but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines -
so they should go as far as possible from home
to build their first buildings.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Nothing requires the architect's care more than the
due proportions of buildings.
- Marcus V. Pollio

They claim this mother of ours, the Earth,
for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her,
and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.
- Sitting Bull

Buildings should serve people, not the other way around.
- John Portman

In Los Angeles, by the time you're 35,
you're older than most of the buildings.
- Delia Ephron

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness:
first,
the doing their practical duty well:
then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.
- John Ruskin

One does not need buildings, money, power,
or status to practice the Art of Peace.
Heaven is right where you are standing,
and that is the place to train.
- Morihei Ueshiba

I hate vacations.
If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?
- Philip Johnson

I have designed the most buildings of any living American architect.
- Alexander Jackson Davis

I think there is a new awareness in this 21st century
that design is as important to where and how we live as it is for museums,
concert halls and civic buildings.
- Daniel Libeskind

We build buildings which are terribly restless.
And buildings don't go anywhere.
They shouldn't be restless.
- Minoru Yamasaki

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.
- Julia Morgan

Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare.
In every case they are unique, poetic,
products of the heart.
- Arthur Erickson

Good buildings come from good people,
ad all problems are solved by good design.
- Stephen Gardiner

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
- Winston Churchill

My buildings will be my legacy...
they will speak for me long after I'm gone.
- Julia Morgan

Don't say "the White House wants." Buildings can't want.
- Donald Rumsfeld

I get bored with establishing shots of people getting
out of cars and walking into buildings,
getting into elevators and then 45 seconds later they have a line.
- Dick Wolf

Organic buildings are the strength
and lightness of the spiders' spinning,
buildings qualified by light,
bred by native character to environment,
married to the ground.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Student journeys which were important to me were Sicily,
Greece, and Egypt, where I really saw these buildings,
and that is where you're able to grasp what things mean.
- Ben Nicholson

Theatre is about people, not buildings.
Incalculable damage has been done to the expert talent a company needs -
from wardrobe to lighting technicians.
- Edward Hall

The past is still visible.
The buildings haven't changed, the layout of the streets hasn't changed.
So memory is very available to me as I walk around.
- Jonathan Lethem

We will emerge stronger as a diverse community;
the area will be rebuilt with life around the clock,
new buildings, restaurants, places of entertainment.
- George Pataki

Buildings designed exclusively on scientific principles
will depress their occupants and constrain their creativity.
- Robert Evans

St.
Paul's arose like some huge mountain above the enormous
mass of smaller buildings.
- Karl Philipp Moritz

No wonder the film industry started in the desert in California where,
like all desert dwellers, they dream their buildings,
rather than design them.
- Arthur Erickson

Chinese buildings are like American buildings,
with big footprints.
People don't care about daylight or fresh air.
- Helmut Jahn

I should just drive around this city and take photos
of all the buildings I've been humiliated in.
- Moon Unit Zappa

On the wagon sped, and I, as well as my comrades,
gave a despairing farewell glance at freedom as we
came in sight of the long stone buildings.
- Nellie Bly

Buildings designed with careful attention to aesthetics
arouse and enlighten their occupants and that promotes their good health.
- Robert Evans

All these buildings are like mountains I would like to climb,
but I am forbidden.
- Alain Robert

Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeves.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

There is much more to schools than buildings.
There are academic activities, how it reaches the community
and its proximity to other programs.
- John Warner

We want our buildings to work like a machine that will
create a pleasurable environment.
- Helmut Jahn

Downtown Detroit has more vacant buildings over 10
storeys than any city in the world.
- Meg White

When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition,
much as the parts of a body would fit together.
On top of that, I think about how people will approach
the building and experience that space.
- Tadao Ando

I think people need housing.
And there's empty buildings, I think people should live in there.
If you want to call them squatters, trespassers,
hey, I call Wall Street thieves!
- Al Lewis

Melbourne is wonderfully altered since I last saw it.
There are some very fair buildings in it now,
and things are a little cheaper than they used to be.
- William John Wills

Krishna children were taught that in the spiritual
world there were no parents,
only souls and hence this justified their being kept out of view from others,
cloistered in separate buildings and sheltered from the evil material world.
- Mary Garden

My mother and I took over abandoned buildings to sleep in.
- Mark Webber

In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and
tortuous streets in spite of luxurious public buildings.
- Stephen Gardiner

The job of buildings is to improve human relations:
architecture must ease them,
not make them worse.
- Ralph Erskine

The more sophisticated we get, the more advanced our
buildings and vehicles become,
the more vulnerable we are.
- Stephen Ambrose

Japan's humid and warm summer climate,
as well as frequent earthquakes resulted in lightweight
timber buildings raised off the ground that are resistant to earth tremors.
- Harry Seidler

You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe:
when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace
them with anything more offensive than rubble.
We did that.
- Prince Charles

Credit card companies pay college students generously
to stand outside dining halls,
dorms, and academic buildings and encourage their fellow
students to apply for credits cards.
- Louise Slaughter

Below us the Thames grew lighter, and all around below were the shadows -
the dark shadows of buildings and bridges that formed
the base of this dreadful masterpiece.
- Ernie Pyle

You can't create a monster, then whine when it stomps on a few buildings.
- Yeardley Smith

I am a believer, but I affirm that in public buildings
the law of the Republic overrides religious rules.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

For decades engineers have stood accused that their
buildings do not have any cultural value.
We have attempted to liberate engineering of this accusation.
- Fritz Todt


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