I’m a good worker. I worked cable tool rigs, built railroad.
— Henry, There Will Be Blood
The original transcript has been dry-cleaned and repaired.
— Mark Wigley, “Story-Time”
The introduction of the problem of meaning within the process of design in such a systematic and conscious way. Such an approach might be seen as a “neo-functionalism.”
— Mario Grandelsonas, “Neo-Functionalism”
The return to language is a proof of failure.
— Manfredo Tafuri, The Sphere and the Labrynth
But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like you’re a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are just by being alive.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson, “The Most Astounding Fact”
Why take a “path that is no longer a path,” especially if it only leads to self-description?
— Manfredo Tafuri, The Sphere and the Labrynth
That’s my new favorite camel.
— Stephen, The Brothers Bloom
When it comes time to act, our robust animal realism will always dominate.
— George Sher, "But I Could Be Wrong"
Who’s that man?
— Kumar, Bottle Rocket
Even when people are together, they’re occupying their own space.
— P. Adam Sitney
Like breathing was easy.
— The xx, “Angels”
There is always a group of solutions, one of which is the best under certain conditions.
— Karl Gerstner, “Designing Programmes”
All normal buildings are unique solutions to specific problems.
— Reyner Banham, The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment
Where the handouts grow on bushes.
And you sleep out every night.
— Harry McClintock, “In the Big Rock Candy Mountains”
A room is not an incubator to be sterilized of all foreign germs. The forms of life, past and present, shall be given an opportunity to interact.
— Siegfried Giedion, Mechanization Takes Command
How strange to think of India!
Wealth is nothing but lack of people.
— Robert Bly, “Sunday in Glastonbury"
I’m talking about taking it out and chopping it up.
— Royal Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums
In 1965 Le Corbusier drowned swimming in the sea.
— Adolfo Natalini, “How Great Architecture Was In 1966”
Edgar Degas purchased once
A fine El Greco, which he kept
Against the wall beside his bed
To hang his pants on while he slept.
— Richard Wilbur, “Museum Piece”
I listen to my words, but they fall far below.
— Cat Stevens, “The Wind”