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Helmut Jahn Quotes and Sayings
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Every building is a prototype.
No two are alike.
- Helmut Jahn

Related topics: Architecture

A city building, you experience when you walk;
a suburban building,
you experience when you drive.
- Helmut Jahn

Sometimes I have to accept a job I don't really want.
Hardly anybody comes up to you with a commission;
it's all competitions these days.
- Helmut Jahn

A building is hard to judge.
It takes many years to find out whether it works.
It's not as simple as asking the people in the office whether they like it.
- Helmut Jahn

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Critics are entitled to have an opinion,
but how can they judge how comfortable a building is?
No critic is smart enough to judge how a building will perform over time.
- Helmut Jahn

We prefer synthetic rather than natural materials.
Natural products are almost too valuable.
Wood is much harder to produce than metal.
And metal is recyclable, while wood isn't.
- Helmut Jahn

Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building:
it's not just a physical idea,
it's also an intellectual one.
- Helmut Jahn


 

The American attitude towards efficiency and execution
should always underlie architecture.
- Helmut Jahn

For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job.
- Helmut Jahn

You'd never think of taking a cab if you had to walk
a mile down Chicago's Michigan Avenue.
But in a bad city you take a cab just to go around the corner.
- Helmut Jahn

In Europe, architects consider themselves artists.
They think they're special when they win a competition.
- Helmut Jahn

I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away.
- Helmut Jahn

I wanted to improve the suburban office building;
to create a great urban space in a suburban environment
with all that implies about interaction,
collaboration and creativity.
- Helmut Jahn

When I came to America in the '60s, it was the place to be.
I wonder if I'd come here today.
- Helmut Jahn

We want our buildings to work like a machine that will
create a pleasurable environment.
- Helmut Jahn

When I think of some of my earlier work,
it really seems a fortunate coincidence that I succeeded.
- Helmut Jahn

The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity,
especially in the USA.
The general architect here has no scruples,
no ambitions.
- Helmut Jahn

German and English firms operate internationally,
while French firms do not.
The only place where they all have work is in China.
Anybody can sell himself in China!
- Helmut Jahn

Chinese buildings are like American buildings,
with big footprints.
People don't care about daylight or fresh air.
- Helmut Jahn

America has always imported history.
- Helmut Jahn

I've never looked at a suburban building as being a
minor building and an urban building as being a major building.
- Helmut Jahn

Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the
inessential than with inventing something new.
- Helmut Jahn

We are creating a unique experience.
It's starts with how you see the building from a distance.
- Helmut Jahn

Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting,
which is much healthier and reduces glare.
- Helmut Jahn

A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself
about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes.
- Helmut Jahn

In Europe, they're more demanding, the ones that rent the build ings.
- Helmut Jahn

I think the younger generation, the people poised to dominate the workforce,
are more socially conscious.
They are more demanding in terms of environment and
how that environment contributes to their life.
- Helmut Jahn

You don't know what the Chinese expect in the way of beauty.
The presentation is just a farce.
You come into a room filled with 50 people and they don't talk to you.
There's very little interaction.
- Helmut Jahn

Most architects say: I want to use this type of glass,
even if it's too reflective or doesn't let enough light in.
However, the use of a certain type of glass might change the comfort level.
- Helmut Jahn

It's my goal to make a building as immaterial as possible.
Architecture is a very material thing.
It takes a lot of resources, so why not eliminate what
you don't need as long as you're able to achieve the same result?
- Helmut Jahn

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

Begin building the future through
"conversation for possibility."
- Werner Erhard

It has become impossible to give up the enterprise
of disarmament without abandoning the whole great adventure
of building up a collective peace system.
- Arthur Henderson

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century.
It is a city frozen in time.
- Richard Meier

Building technical systems involves a lot of hard work
and specialized knowledge:
languages and protocols,
coding and debugging, testing and refactoring.
- Jesse James Garrett

At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together.
I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture.
- Martin Puryear

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live
today than any other building that has gone remotely
by the name of architecture in our history.
- Russell Lynes

Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.
- John Osborne

The frightening thought that what you draw may become
a building makes for reasoned lines.
- Saul Steinberg

But the building's identity resided in the ornament.
- Louis Sullivan

People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to,
but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation -
much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.
- Sarah Palin

The higher the building the lower the morals.
- Noel Coward

Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
- Thomas Fuller

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

Building one space station for everyone was and is insane:
we should have built a dozen.
- Larry Niven

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at;
its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.
- David Allan Coe

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable,
must go through measurable means when it is being designed
and in the end must be unmeasurable.
- Louis Kahn

A woman should be home with the children,
building that home and making sure there's a secure family atmosphere.
- Mel Gibson

Education is all a matter of building bridges.
- Ralph Ellison

Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form.
We should try to bring in under the same hat not a
splintered way of thinking,
but all in harmony together.
- Alvar Aalto

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
- Thomas Kempis

To me, a building - if it's beautiful -
is the love of one man,
he's made it out of his love for space,
materials, things like that.
- Martha Graham

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process,
gradually changing opinions,
slowly eroding old barriers,
quietly building new structures.
- John F. Kennedy

I would be most content if my children grew up to be
the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly
of building enough bookshelves.
- Anna Quindlen

You know, a lot of people are just interested in,
in building a company so they can make money and get out.
- Arthur Rock

A building has integrity just like a man.
And just as seldom.
- Ayn Rand

Whatever good things we build end up building us.
- Jim Rohn

I am building a fire, and everyday I train,
I add more fuel.
At just the right moment, I light the match.
- Mia Hamm

I seek a deeper truth, but I don't think I have to
go to a building designated for worship to find it.
- Ted Lange

Traveling is the ruin of all happiness!
There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy.
- Fanny Burney

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks
in building any successful venture.
- Lydia M. Child

Chicken fat, beef fat, fish fat, fried foods -
these are the foods that fuel our fat genes by giving
them raw materials for building body fat.
- Neal Barnard

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.
- Tadao Ando

The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and
to go on with one's life as if it were interminable.
I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when
he was dying of tuberculosis.
- Leon Edel

The dialogue between client and architect is about
as intimate as any conversation you can have,
because when you're talking about building a house,
you're talking about dreams.
- Robert A. M. Stern

I love building spaces: architecture,
furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion.
The development procedure is more tactile.
It's about space and form and it's something you can share with other people.
- Donna Karan

This enemy of peace in the world today is unlike any
we have seen in the past,
and our military is learning from, and building on,
previous successes while carrying peace and freedom into the future.
- Mark Kennedy

Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their
attention on the building as a static object.
I believe dynamics are more important:
the dynamics of people,
their interaction with spaces and environmental condition.
- John Portman

A just laicism allows religious freedom.
The state does not impose religion but rather gives
space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society,
and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society.
- Joseph Ratzinger

No architect troubled to design houses that suited
people who were to live in them,
because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses.
It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.
- Michael Ende


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