Prince Charles: "My chief object has been to try and create discussion about the design of the built environment; to rekindle an alert awereness of our surroundings; inspire a desire to observe; and most importantly, challenge the fashionable theories of a professional establishment which has made the layman feel he has no legitimate opinions."

"We must concentrate on creating environments in which people can prosper psychologically, as human beings, not merely as cogs in a mechanical process. We need design and layout which positively encourage neighbourliness, intimacy and, where there is possible, a sense of shared belonging to a recognisable community"

Leon Krier: "In this crisis of construction, the architectural project has regained all its millenial dignity as a thinking instrument. It becomes now clear that the architectural reflection can at this precise moment only be undertaken through the practical exercise in the form of a critique or in the form of critical project."

Rem Koolhaas, Duch architect: "Postwar architecture is the accountants' revenge on the prewar businessmen's dreams."

Sir Denys Lasdun, British architect: "Architecture is a social art and only makes sense as the promoter and exteder of human relations."

Le Corbusier, French architect: "The materials of city planning are sky, space, steel and cement in that order and in that hiearchy". - "The house - a machine for living."

Cedric Price, British architect: "The reason for architecture is to encourage behave, mentally and physically, in ways they had previously thought impossible."

Richard Seifert, British architect: "There arent't in fact many individual buildnings which need to be preserved."

Sir Basil Spence, British architect: "Slums have their good points, they at least have a community spirit and solve the problem of loneliness."

Paul Thiry, American architect: "Buildnings should be good neighbours."

Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect: "Very few architects know anything about architecture. For 500 years architecture has been a phoney." "A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines."

Nancy Banks Smith, British journalist: "In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture."

Henryk Buszko & Alexander Franta, polish architects: "The architect is a specialist, designing space for man in accordance with nature. The architecture is planned environmental conditioning and the architect's task is to design space for human needs - biological, functional and psychological."

Sir Winston Churchill, British statesman: "We shape our buildnings, thereafter they shape us."

Ernest Dimnet, French writer: "Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul."

Richard England, Maltese architect: "Modern man is born in a clinic and dies in a clinic. It is therefore not surprising that he should spend the intermediate period between these two paramount events of his life in utterly soulless clinical environments?"

Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect: "Life is rich, always changing, always challenging, and we architects have the task of transmitting into wood, concrete, glass and steel, of transforming human aspirations into habitable and meaningful space."

Walter Gropius, German architect: "The car is the greatest problem for architecture."

Ron Herron, British architect: "When you are looking for a solution to what you are told in n architectural problem -remember, it may not be a building."

Herbert Read, British lecturer in art: "The architect must express himself in buildnings which have som utilitarian purpose."

Osho: "Modern painting represents the ugly in existensce. The ugly has become predominant for a certain reason- This century is one of the ugliets centuries." "Man has lost track of his humanity." "Naturally this madness has erupted everywhere - in painting, in music, in sculpture, in architecture - everywhere the ugly human mind has created ugliness." "Ugliness has become an aestetic value"

Unknown: An architect is said to be a man who knows a very little about a great deal and keeps knowing less and less about more and more until he knows practically nothing about everything, whereas on the other hand, an engineer is a man who knows a great deal about very little and who goes along knowing more and more about less and less until finally he knows practically evereything about nothing. A contractor starts out knowing practically everything about everything, but ends up knowing nothing about anything, due to his association with architects and engineers."

Alvar Aalto: Journalisten: "Hvordan klarer du å skape så mange vakre hus?" Aalto: "I Finland har vi så många vakra kvinnor, och dom fortjener vakra hus!"


Arkitekt Jan Carlsen i "Regnbuebyen": "Estetiske spørsmål er alltid viktige, byggekunstens uttrykksformer vil bestandig være arkitektens særlige anliggende. Men man kan ikke løsrive form fra innhold; en bygnings bruksverdi - et steds menneskelige' kvaliteter - bør komme i første rekke når arkitekturens betydning diskuteres."

"Ingen aktør i den teknisk- kunstneriske samfunnsbyggingen er så ensom og fortvilet som arkitekten! Yrkesutøvelsen foregår mellom barken og veden, arkitektene opererer i minefeltet mellom privat eiendomsrett og kollektive behov og ønsker, og dette er profesjonens evinnelige dilemma."

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