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Rem Koolhaas Quotes

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Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.
- Rem Koolhaas

Related topics: Architecture

Designs are increasingly winning competitions because
they are literally green,
and because somewhere they feature a small windmill.
- Rem Koolhaas

It is not possible to live in this age if you don't
have a sense of many contradictory forces.
- Rem Koolhaas

When shopping was still connected to the street it
was also an intensification and articulation of the street.
Now it has become utterly independent -
contained,
controlled, surveyed.
- Rem Koolhaas


 

We live in an almost perfect stillness and work with incredible urgency.
- Rem Koolhaas

One of our theories is that one can offset this excessive
compulsion toward the spectacular with a return to simplicity.
- Rem Koolhaas

Our office acts like a kind of educational establishment
and we are very careful who we educate.
- Rem Koolhaas


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Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major
drivers and has been from the very beginning.
- Rem Koolhaas

But now sustainability is such a political category
that it's getting more and more difficult to think
about it in a serious way.
Sustainability has become an ornament.
- Rem Koolhaas

We felt it was very important for an entity like CCTV
to make its presence felt...
To generate a space and to define a space,
that is the main thing.
- Rem Koolhaas

The great problem of the concert hall is that the shoebox
is the ideal shape for acoustics but that no architect
worth their names wants to build a shoebox.
- Rem Koolhaas

The areas of consensus shift unbelievably fast;
the bubbles of certainty are constantly exploding.
- Rem Koolhaas

The luxury of our position now is that we can almost
assemble any team to address any issue.
- Rem Koolhaas

If you have this reputation you can sit back and endure it,
or you can try to do things with it.
- Rem Koolhaas

It's a weird city because the uglier the weather,
the more beautiful the city.
And the uglier the buildings, the more coherent the city.
- Rem Koolhaas

The work in S, M, L, XL was almost suicidal.
It required so much effort that our office almost went bankrupt.
- Rem Koolhaas

Each building has to be beautiful, but cheap and fast,
but it lasts forever.
That is already an incredible battery of seemingly contradictory demands.
So yes, I'm definitely perhaps contradictory person,
but I operate in very contradictory times.
- Rem Koolhaas

When air conditioning, escalators, and advertising appeared,
shopping expanded its scale, but also limited its spontaneity.
And it became much more predictable,
almost scientific.
What had once been the most surprising became the most manipulated.
- Rem Koolhaas

I'd say that my profession ends where architectural thinking ends -
architectural thinking in terms of thinking about programs
and organizational structure.
These abstractions play a role in many other disciplines,
and those disciplines are now defining their 'architectures' as well.
- Rem Koolhaas

The intellectual force of the West is still dominant,
but other cultures are getting stronger.
I expect that we will develop a new way of thinking
in architecture and urban planning,
and that less will be based on our models.
- Rem Koolhaas

Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years,
so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the
acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture.
- Rem Koolhaas

The thing is that I have a really intense,
almost compulsive need to record.
But it doesn't end there, because what I record is
somehow transformed into a creative thing.
There is a continuity.
Recording is the beginning of a conceptual production.
I am somehow collapsing the two - recording and producing -
into a single event.
- Rem Koolhaas

We say we want to create beauty, identity,
quality, singularity.
And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired.
Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living.
- Rem Koolhaas

Influence is a very unpleasant subject and I deal with
it in a maybe irresponsible way,
which is to really ignore it.
It would be a nightmare if we started to really think about it;
it would tie our hands,
it would tie everyone else's hands.
- Rem Koolhaas

People can inhabit anything.
And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything.
More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it.
Of course, that's both liberating and alarming.
- Rem Koolhaas

I think one of the important evolutions is that we
no longer feel compulsively the need to argue,
or to justify things on a kind of rational level.
We are much more willing to admit that certain things
are completely instinctive and others are really intellectual.
- Rem Koolhaas

Prada is extremely directed in terms of communicating
what they like and what they don't like.
That is actually extremely pleasant because it clarifies
very easily what you can do and what you need to do.
- Rem Koolhaas

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

Ah, not everything is as seems...
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

The key to everything is patience.
You get the chicken by hatching the egg,
not by smashing it open.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A hero may or may not lead other people,
but all heroes lead themselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My great concern is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln

Action may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness without action.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

A bend in the road is not the end of the road
unless you fail to make the turn.
- Anonymous

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment,
full effort is full victory.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
- Robert H. Schuller

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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