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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.

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.

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

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

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

The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.

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 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.

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.

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.

If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.

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.

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

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

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

In Italy, there are so many significant architectural structures in history such as the Pantheon in Rome, or the Duomo.

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

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