What is an Architecture?

Architecture can influence the way we feel, and can help us along as we go about our lives, or sabotage our habitual ways of doing things. The essays collected here challenge, and help to define a view of architecture which ranges from the minimal domesticity of Diogenes’ barrel, to the exuberant experiments of the contemporary avant-garde. There are essays by philosophers, architects and art historians, including Roger Scruton, Bernard Tschumi, Demetri Pophyrios, Kenneth Frampton, Diane Ghirardo and David Goldblatt.

Some of the most famous Architect’s quotes about architecture

«Each new situation requires a new architecture.»

– Jean Nouvel

“Early in my career…I had to choose between an honest arrogance and a hypercritical humility… I deliberately choose an honest arrogance, and I’ve never been sorry.”

–  Frank Lloyd Wright

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”

– Frank Gehry

“There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.”

– Antonio Gaudi

«God is in the details.»

– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

«I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing.»

–Tadao Ando