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A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.

Author: Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

Profession: Italian-born French Poet, Critic

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture.

Author: Nancy Banks-Smith


When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.

Author: Colleen C. Barrett


''Where do architects and designers get their ideas?'' The answer, of course, is mainly from other architects and designers, so is it mere casuistry to distinguish between tradition and plagiarism?

Author: Stephen Bayley (1951)

Profession: British Design Critic

Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.

Author: Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957)

Profession: Romanian Sculptor

You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.

Author: Prince Of Wales Charles (1948)

Profession: Duke of Edinburgh, Son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like dogma. Whether or no it is permanent, it claims permanence, like a dogma. People ask why we have no typical architecture of the modern world, like impressionism in painting. Surely it is obviously because we have not enough dogmas; we cannot bear to see anything in the sky that is solid and enduring, anything in the sky that does not change like the clouds of the sky.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

In short, the building becomes a theatrical demonstration of its functional ideal. In this romanticism, high-tech architecture is, of course, no different in spirit -- if totally different in form -- from all the romantic architecture of the past.

Author: Dan Cruickshank


The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

The job of buildings is to improve human relations: architecture must ease them, not make them worse.

Author: Ralph Erskine


Don't fight forces, use them.

Author: R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

Profession: American Inventor, Designer, Poet, Philosopher

Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.

Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

Profession: British Clergyman, Author