Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category



The previous post about music and Frank Lloyd Wright, and knowing how he loved music, made me think of his Guggenheim Museum as a giant cochlea – the organ of the inner ear that converts mechanical vibrations into electrical impulses.

And inside

His Guggenheim also converts our vibrations and impulses and allows us to take in sensations.

As Wright said,

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

exterior cochlea photograph via the Ethnomusic Department at UCLA
cutaway cochlea photograph via The Auditory Science Lab-Hospital for Sick Children

Miles Davis also said


Do not fear mistakes. There are none.

Miles Davis said


Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.

Great modernist architects do the same.

He said, She said


The empty stage of a room is fixed in space by boundaries;
it is animated by light,
organized by focus,
and then liberated by outlook.

-Charles Moore, Gerald Allen, Donlyn Lyndon
The Place of Houses

He said, She said


Philip Johnson

“I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?”

Architectural Digest has a slideshow of quotes from architects.

He said, She said


“Always design….”

“Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context –
a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment,
an environment in a city plan.”

– Finnish Architect Eliel Saarinen