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Sayings Worth Quoting, Quotations Worth Sharing

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"I want to create a condition that is as vague and ambiguous as drifting particles. The closest thing to such a condition is a rainbow. A rainbow is not an actual object, and that is what makes it attractive."

- Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma

Title: Material Immaterial

Author: Botond Bognar

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2009)

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"Symbols are instruments which convert raw intelligence into culture."

- Alan Fletcher

Alan Fletcher

Title: The Art of Looking Sideways

Author: Alan Fletcher

Publisher: Phaidon Press (August 20, 2001)

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"A scene is never viewed 'at a glance' - rather, it is reconstructed via a scanning sequence in which the eye flits continuously from point to point to complete an almost instantaneous visual reconnaissance of the situation."

- Tom Porter

The Architect's Eye

Title: The Architect's Eye

Author: Tom Porter

Publisher: Taylor & Francis; 1st ed edition (September 22, 1997)

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"If you want to design without client interference, do it for yourself as a hobby."

- Eva Boudewijn (Wonderland: Manual for Emerging Architects)

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"The right to have access to every building in the city by private motorcar in an age when everyone possesses such a vehicle is the right to destroy the city.”

- Lewis Mumford (Source)

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“My type of architecture is about trying to improve living conditions with architecture.”

-- Herman Hertzberger, RIBA Gold Medal winner. (Source)

 
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Empty drink cartons come in useful

By NATALIE HENG

Empty drink cartons can come in useful after all.

BIG ideas often start small, and in the case of Edward Chew, it started with an empty drink carton. Sitting on the couch in his living room one day in February, he was sipping a packet drink, pondering the aftermath of a Chinese New Year visit from the family. >> Read More

Administrator: Ed's work has recently been selected as a finalist in the 2011 Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition.

 
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"The architect’s role is to fight for a better world, where he can produce an architecture that serves everyone and not just a group of privileged people."

Now approaching his 103rd birthday, Niemeyer continues to practise from his office in Rio de Janeiro

By Cristina Carrillo De Albornoz | From issue 218, November 2010
Published online 6 Dec 10 (Features)

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Oscar Niemeyer in his studio (Photo: Harris Terry William-FTWP)

Oscar Niemeyer was born on 15 December, 1907, in Rio de Janeiro. At ten years old he would make shapes in the air with his fingers, prompting his mother to ask: “What are you doing, boy?” He would reply: “I’m drawing.” “I could picture the drawings in the air and correct them,” he remembers. In 1956 he was commissioned to design an entire city—Brasilia, the new capital of Brazil—which brought him huge international acclaim. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1988 and the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 1989. Now approaching his 103rd birthday, Niemeyer continues to practise from his office opposite Rio’s Copacabana beach, in a circular building that echoes the curves that are emblematic of his architecture. He is currently preparing a book on cathedrals while overseeing the final stages of the Niemeyer Centre (El Centro Cultural Internacional Oscar Niemeyer) in Avilés, Spain.

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