"At first, people grinned and mugged and went "Whoa!", as ferry passengers do when first coming to terms with the swell. But after a few minutes of being unable to walk without your legs crossing under you like a pair of scissors, it became annoying. Tony (Caro), Norman (Foster) and Ove (Arup), we said to ourselves, come and explain to us again how this thing is supposed to work. "
... on the Millennium Bridge, London, before the wobble was corrected.
"It takes an architect to think up the problems which can only be solved by an engineer. Which is why I find life so complex."
architect and structural engineer.
"Is there anything you do that's not sustainable?"
Question from client
... to architect after design presentation.
"Mistakes are valuable guides: they should not be forgotten or concealed. Rocks and reefs are chartered on maps as a warning to sailors - shouldn't we do the same with our mistakes and failures?"
"Architects understand technology as metaphors."
"Designers know too much about the equipment to make a good user interface. It is hard to be ignorant when you know so much."
Tom Stewart / Gillian Crampton Smith
"Jack's courses are like hot-air dryers in toilets. They are a good idea but take too long."
on Jack Nicklaus' golf course designs.
"... big windows mean big problems"
"Only if we are capable of dwelling, only then can we build"
"The house builders' biggest mistake is making their houses too big. Very few are small and compact. Most people tend to build 15 to 25 per cent bigger than they need. It's a sort of disease".
"At all costs we must learn to avoid self-imposed constraints."