Thom Mayne Quotes

21 Thom Mayne quotes:

"My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness."
"I've been such an outsider my whole life."
"The multiplicity of ideas is what I'm interested in."
"Although the private cannot be substantiated by common logic, you have to find a workable logic in which to argue on behalf of the work."
"Architecture is involved with the world, but at the same time it has a certain autonomy. This autonomy cannot be explained in terms of traditional logic because the most interesting parts of the work are non-verbal. They operate within the terms of the work, like any art."
"But I absolutely believe that architecture is a social activity that has to do with some sort of communication or places of interaction, and that to change the environment is to change behaviour."
"But often it's doubtful whether the logic of the work itself and the words used to describe it really have anything to do with each other."
"Descriptions of my work depress me. They make me feel pinned down."
"For me the meaning of my work is much more fluid."
"I'm often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That's impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more."
"I've learned that in order to achieve what I wanted, it made more sense to negotiate than to defend the autonomy of my work by pounding my fist on the table."
"Large-scale public projects require the agreement of large numbers of people."
"Our idea of nature is increasingly being determined by scientific developments. And they have become decisive for our image of reality."
"Scientific reality is the modern human condition, and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work."
"So at a time in which the media give the public everything it wants and desires, maybe art should adopt a much more aggressive attitude towards the public. I myself am very much inclined to take this position."
"So I am totally aware that when I defend the autonomy of art I'm going counter to my own development. It's more an instinctive reaction, meant to protect the private aspect of the work, the part I am most interested in and which nowadays is at risk in our culture."
"So we can't go backwards, we can only go where the evolutionary trajectory is taking us and attune our ideas about ourselves and our existence to that course."
"The aesthetic of architecture has to be rooted in a broader idea about human activities like walking, relaxing and communicating. Architecture thinks about how these activities can be given added value."
"The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art."
"We only exist in terms of how we think we exist. Meaning every cultural development is fabricated and can be fabricated."

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