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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.

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.

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.

And a building must be like a human being. It must have a wholeness about it, something that is very important.

And exciting buildings are fine periodically.

And I think that the environment is one very strong way to counterbalance the chaotic nature of our life.

I believe that we must understand the economy of the situation.

I can't do everything obviously although sometimes I know that all of us wish that we could.

I have been criticized rather strenuously by painters and sculptors for not incorporating their work in our buildings.

If you have white walls, human beings look better in a room than if you have red walls.

In other words, each piece of the building must look as though it was designed for that particular building.

In other words, I have no truck for anyone who goes out and does an eclectic building.

Japanese architecture is very much copied in this country and in Europe.

Let's talk about the Gas Company because this is my favorite job.

The view outside was much more important than the exhibits.

The Wayne Education Building was the first classroom building that we have done on the Wayne campus.

We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don't go anywhere. They shouldn't be restless.

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.

And I like the idea of change. Because I don't see why we should hang a painting on the wall and then just not think of it anymore because it's there like a piece of furniture.

Because, if we understand how a building is to be produced and we find a way that it can be more simply produced, then obviously we are contributing to building better buildings more easily.