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Tadao Ando Quotes

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Tadao Ando quotes

You can't really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you.

If I can create some space that people haven't experienced before and if it stays with them or gives them a dream for the future, that's the kind of structure I seek to create.

All those involved in the construction of an architectural design, from the architect to the builder, have an attachment to the architecture, although it's difficult to quantify the attachment.

When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan.

I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.

There is a role and function for beauty in our time.

When I draw something, the brain and the hands work together.

Japanese architecture is traditionally based on wooden structures that need renovating on a regular basis.

People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual - but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.

You always want to try to make something new, and, of course, America is the world leader in economics today.

I hope America can also be the cultural leader of the world, and use this frontier spirit to lead and show others that we need courage to go places where we have not gone before.

I hope that America as a whole, and especially its architects, will become more seriously involved in producing a new architectural culture that would bring the nation to the apex - where it has stood before - and lead the world.

When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.

I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.

My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.

I think of the past and the future as well as the present to determine where I am, and I move on while thinking of these things.

At the same time, I would add that the American people have a lot of courage.

I am interested in things happening around me, and I need to understand what's going on in other artistic sectors like music and literature.

But now, more and more, its society is concerned with economy and finance.

In Japan, there is less a culture of preserving old buildings than in Europe.