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Type: Architect
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 12/01/1912




 

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The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace... a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness.
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Let's talk about the Gas Company because this is my favorite job.
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In other words, each piece of the building must look as though it was designed for that particular building.
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But now I know that it is very important that all buildings should be consistent, that this is the quality of the Gothic cathedral, for instance, that we like.
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I want to do very useful buildings and I would like to find a method of producing these buildings through our technology because I think that this is the only way that we will gain wonderful environment easily in the future.
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I feel this is very important for us to have serene buildings because our civilization is chaotic as it is, you see; our whole machine age has brought about a chaos that has to be somehow counterbalanced, I think.
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In other words, I have no truck for anyone who goes out and does an eclectic building.
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And I think that the environment is one very strong way to counterbalance the chaotic nature of our life.
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We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don't go anywhere. They shouldn't be restless.
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The Wayne Education Building was the first classroom building that we have done on the Wayne campus.
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In this tour around the world I was not interested in contemporary buildings because I had seen contemporary buildings actually until they came out of my ears in a sense.
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I believe that we must understand the economy of the situation.
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If you have white walls, human beings look better in a room than if you have red walls.
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I can't do everything obviously although sometimes I know that all of us wish that we could.
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And I feel that we in our society should not be held by any such myth; that we should do everything we can to gain a delight and joy in our society with all the available parts of the palette.
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Japanese architecture is very much copied in this country and in Europe.
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And sometimes I'm criticized. But I think that if those who criticize us will look at the reason why the shape is this, well then, I think that they would not object so strenuously.
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If you look at the buildings, you'll find that one part looks as if it was designed by one man, and you go around and look at another facade and it looks as if it was designed by another man, you see.
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Being the gateway to a large city, St. Louis, I had felt from the very beginning that somehow this building should symbolize this sense of being a gateway.
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And exciting buildings are fine periodically.
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So I test all the buildings that I do by asking myself whether this building was possible, could have been built 50 years ago or a hundred years ago.
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If you examine this, I think that you will find that it's the mechanics of Japanese architecture that have been thought of as the direct influence upon our architecture.
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But I don't see why we have to take a central hall, for instance, and use in it a sculpture or painting. I think it detracts, somehow.
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The interesting thing about Oberlin College as it differs from other more urban schools or universities is that it is a walking campus.
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The view outside was much more important than the exhibits.
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