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Quotations about Architecture


Architecture is both an art and a science, encompassing the design and construction of structures that serve as functional spaces, aesthetic landmarks, and reflections of human ingenuity. From iconic skyscrapers to historic landmarks, architectural marvels have the power to inspire, provoke thought, and transform the way we experience our surroundings. In this compilation, we explore the lighter side of architecture, presenting a collection of funny quotations that touch upon the amusing, quirky, and sometimes absurd aspects of the architectural world. So, grab your blueprint, put on your hard hat, and get ready to embark on a journey through the whimsical world of architecture.

Prepare to be entertained as we present a compilation of funny quotations about architecture. While architecture is a serious discipline that shapes our built environment, there are moments of levity, humour, and playful observation that arise in the world of design and construction. From witty remarks on architectural trends and the challenges of building to comical insights into the quirks and idiosyncrasies of architects, these quotes offer a lighthearted perspective on the fascinating and sometimes amusing aspects of the architectural profession.

quotations about architecture

"I call architecture frozen music." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German playwright, 1749-1832)

"Design is where science and art break even." Mieke Gerritzen (Dutch designer, 1962-)

"It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it's the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time." David Allan Coe (American singer, 1939-)

"The door handle is the handshake of the building." Juhani Pallasmaa (Finnish architect, 1936-)

"Even a brick wants to be something." Louis Kahn (Estonian-American architect, 1901-1974)

"Less is a bore." Robert Venturi (American architect, 1925-2018)

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere." Albert Einstein (German-born theoretical physicist, 1879-1955)

"In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture." Nancy Banks-Smith (British journalist, 1929-)

"They said it was split-level and open-plan. But then again so is an NCP car park." Alan Carr (English comedian, 1976-)

"Like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend." Charles (Prince of Wales, 1948-)

"My client – God – is in no hurry." Antonio Gaudí (Spanish architect, 1853-1926) talking about the church of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (circa 1884)

"Why is it only Tudor that we mock?" Harry Hill (English comedian, 1964-)

"A lot of nuns in a rugger scrum." George Molnar (Hungarian-born Australian cartoonist, 1910-98) describing the Sydney Opera House

"The green belt was a Labour idea, and we are determined to build on it." John Prescott (British Labour politician, 1938-)

"Whatever may be said in favour of the Victorians, it is pretty generally admitted that few of them were to be trusted within reach of a trowel and a pile of bricks." P. G. Wodehouse (English-born writer, 1881-1975)

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