Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.
The architect at his best must make forms enabling people as individuals and as groups to express themselves by changing their situations. In this manner he becomes like the lover for whom the fulfilment of the beloved’s life plan is part of his own life project. He lives out his transformative vocation by assisting someone else’s. Then, we can forgive him his signature on his buildings. We can forgive him because he makes pieces of stone serve hearts of flesh.
Roberto Mangabeira Unger
It is not easy to do something good, but it is extremely difficult to do something bad.
To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.
I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don’t work on it directly …
Beauty in architecture is driven by practicality. This is what you learn from studying the old townscapes of the Swiss farmers. If you do what you should, then at the end there is something, which you can’t explain maybe, but if you are lucky, it has to do with life.
Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in the room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city.
What does a house want to be?
Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect’s task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
In a small room one does not say what one would in a large room.
The details are not the details. They make the design.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
The work of art is brought into the world without there being a need for it. The house satisfies a requirement. The work of art is responsible to none; the house is responsible to everyone. The work of art wants to draw people out of their state of comfort.
We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
Nothing is so improving to the temper as the study of the beauties either of poetry, eloquence, music, or painting. They give a certain elegance of sentiment to which the rest of mankind are strangers. The emotions which they excite are soft and tender. They draw off the mind from the hurry of business and interest; cherish reflection; dispose to tranquillity; and produce an agreeable melancholy, which, of all dispositions of the mind, is the best suited to love and friendship.