Quotes by: Tadao Ando

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When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan.
Tadao Ando
At the same time, I would add that the American people have a lot of courage.
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I hope America can also be the cultural leader of the world, and use this frontier spirit to lead and show others that we need courage to go places where we have not gone before.
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Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture.
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All architecture has a public nature, I believe, so I would like to make a public space.
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But in Japan, there's nothing like that, since the temple is made of wood. The divine spirit inside the building is eternal, so the enclosure doesn't have to be.
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I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.
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If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.
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Since I am a Japanese man who's been building through the experience of Japanese architecture, my actual designs come from Japanese architectural concepts, although they're based on Western methods and materials.
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If there is only one culture all over the world, that's not a good thing.
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Japanese traditional architecture is created based on these conditions. This is the reason you have a very high degree of connection between the outside and inside in architecture.
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The level of detail and craft is something that's inscribed within the original design concept. And so when I begin to draw, I know what kind of detailing I want the building to have.
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Look at London or Paris: they're both filthy. You don't get that in Tokyo. The proud residents look after their city.
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