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Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their
by John Portman

Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their
attention on the building as a static object.
I believe dynamics are more important:
the dynamics of people,
their interaction with spaces and environmental condition.
- John Portman

Related topics: Architecture

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

It is through accomplishment that man makes his contribution
and contribution is life's greatest reward.
- John Portman

We must learn to understand humanity better so that
we can create an environment that is more beneficial to people,
more rewarding, more pleasant to experience.
- John Portman

 

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Designed by architects with honorable intentions but hands of palsy.
- Jimmy Breslin

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


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All architects want to live beyond their deaths.
- Philip Johnson

My passion and great enjoyment for architecture,
and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it,
is because I believe we - architects -
can effect the quality of life of the people.
- Richard Rogers

Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects,
before the days of builders.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Architects of grandeur are often the master builders of disillusionment.
- Bryant H. McGill

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects,
with their creations recorded as great historical events.
- Arthur Erickson

The only legitimate artists in England are the architects.
- Benjamin Haydon

I hesitated, too, because for better or worse,
I have been one of the principal architects of New
Labour and I have worked closely with Tony Blair and
the team for nearly 20 years.
- Peter Mandelson

I feel however, that we architects have a special duty and mission...
(to contribute) to the socio-cultural development of
architecture and urban planning.
- Kenzo Tange

Sympathetic cracks.
A term frequently used by architects and surveyors
in terms of ageing houses.
I know what they mean.
- Ted Dexter

Women are the real architects of society.
- Cher

In Europe, architects consider themselves artists.
They think they're special when they win a competition.
- Helmut Jahn

A White House dinner is the American family assembled,
from labor leaders to billionaires, actors,
architects, academicians and athletes.
- Hugh Sidey

I did a comparison of a school of architects known as the New York Five.
I compared their articulation of wall surfaces,
which I enjoyed very much.
- Parker Stevenson

Architects today tend to depreciate themselves,
to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary
citizens without the power to reform the future.
- Kenzo Tange

There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons.
- Edwin Lutyens

I feel most strongly about Jerusalem,
because architects ultimately have to address that city.
- Ben Nicholson

The difference between me and the newer artists is
that I have the history with the architects,
the masters that started the music.
I know where the music came from.
- Ricky Skaggs

Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring Rich clients
in hordes to their knees;
Just give me a home,
in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change,
and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
- William S. Burroughs

The magic was in the Marshall Plan itself.
It provided an opportunity for appealing and constructive work.
In a sense, the mission chiefs were given the opportunity
to help act as architects for the new Europe that was envisioned.
- Paul Hoffman

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

May I say, finally, that I have no illusions of grandeur;
quite to the contrary,
I am very humble in my knowledge that through forty
years of my life my life has been an open book of service
to my fellow architects and for the public good.
- Ralph Thomas Walker

Architects are pretty much high-class whores.
We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients,
but we've both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business.
- Philip Johnson

There's this very vulnerable planet of ours with finite resources.
Architects and designers have, I think,
a fair responsibility for conserving energy and materials,
and making things durable.
- Robin Day

Color is a very critical thing.
I've found that architects don't like colors.
Engineers too.
And so somebody has to stand in.
Because this is the finish of it.
It is the emotional part of a structure.
I had great satisfaction in doing that.
- John Hench

The Washingtonian said it shouldn't be built.
The gallery's East Building is now considered a triumph,
and members of the American Association of Architects
have voted it one of the best buildings of all time.
- J. Carter Brown

Most architects say: I want to use this type of glass,
even if it's too reflective or doesn't let enough light in.
However, the use of a certain type of glass might change the comfort level.
- Helmut Jahn

I hope that America as a whole, and especially its architects,
will become more seriously involved in producing a
new architectural culture that would bring the nation to the apex -
where it has stood before -
and lead the world.
- Tadao Ando

I personally felt that his ad hominen attacks on British
architects were not the sort of thing a Prince of Wales should be doing because,
apart from anything else, they put various people out of business.
- Anthony Holden

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

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

Drive into your future looking at the open road ahead
rather than into the rear-view mirror of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past does not equal the future.
- Anthony Robbins

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

If we open a quarrel between past and present,
we shall find that we have lost the future.
- Winston Churchill

The past is a ghost, the future a dream,
and all we ever have is now.
- Bill Cosby

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Life is the future, not the past.
- Terry Goodkind

The heart knows nothing of the past,
nothing of the future;
it knows only of the present.
- Osho

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

Study the past, if you would divine the future.
- Confucius

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
- George S. Patton

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You change the past when you change the way you see it.
- Alan Cohen

Gain happiness by living in the present -
without regret for the past or fear of the future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Live life with no regrets and no resentments.
Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others. Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't let the past drive life - choose life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The distinction between the past, present and future
is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

He who spends time regretting the past,
loses the present and risks the future.
- Quevedo

With the past, I have nothing to do;
nor with the future. I live now.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others.
Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

"I" is a non-stop storyteller, spinning tales
of the past, the present and the future -
constantly editing, interpreting
and directing this inner movie.
- Josh Baran

Life - for most people - is their past projected large
onto the movie screen of their future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller


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