Architecture is a language. When you are very good, you can be a poet.
We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
Winston Churchill, politician
Helena Kardová & Tsveta Lozanova, Monocle, 16 June 2017
Staircase design is an outward display of creativity. These statements of architecture keep our bodies and minds active, running up a flight of stairs gets your heart pumping and the magnificent views at the end of an ascent can spark innovative ideas.
Anette Lien, Monocle, 27 January 2017
In Japan’s Unzen City, the adventurous ideas of Taku Habino, the head of Habino Sekkei Architecture have revolutionised early childhood development in the city’s nurseries.
The materials of city planning are: sky, space, trees, steel and cement; in that order and that hierarchy.
Le Corbusier, architect
If anybody at any time wanted to pay professionals to make a city planning idea which would kill city life, it could not have done better than what the modernists accomplished.
Jan Gehl, architect
You know, it is life that is right and the architect who is wrong.
Le Corbusier, architect
Designing a dream city is easy; rebuilding a living one takes imagination.
Jane Jacobs, journalist
Pauline den Hartog Jager, Monocle, 12 May 2016
It is expected that this year around 30,000 people will be visiting King’s Cross every day, for that we have to thank its developers Argent, who have focused just as much on a manifesto of good living, as they have on a bottom line. “Once we had been confirmed, one of our first jobs was to write this first document called, ‘Principles for a Human City’ which was published in July 2001, and we set out 10 principles for what we though should be a fantastic piece of this world city.”
Andrew Tuck, Monocle, 26 April 2016
…but too often you’re faced with another project that repeats the default design solutions of the day and ignores the simple fixes that were needed all along. Here are some Monocle dos and don’ts, and polite provocations, for making better cities.
Monocle, 27 April 2015
So how do you build a great city? And how do you manage the process if City Hall’s coffers are not always brimming full?
Andrea Beaty (Author), David Roberts (Illustrator), Harry N. Abrams, 2013
Your brilliant first flop was a raging success! Come on, let’s get busy and go onto the next!
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Christine Paxmann (Author), Anne Ibelings (Illustrator), Prestel Publishing, 2012
Architecture is far more than the construction of buildings. It is the visible chronicle of history.
Steven Guarnaccia, Harry N. Abrams, 2010
The first little pig decided to build his house of scraps.
Andrea Beaty (Author), David Roberts (Illustrator), Harry N. Abrams, 2007
Good Gracious, Ignacious!’ his mother exclaimed. ‘That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!
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