TOP 20 Philip Johnson Quotes

TOP 20 Philip Johnson Quotes.
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“The future of architecture is culture.”
— Philip Johnson (00:00)

“Architecture is the art of how to waste space.”
— Philip Johnson (00:07)

“Faith? Haven’t any. I’m not a nihilist or a relativist. I don’t believe in anything but change. I’m a Heraclitean – you can’t step in the same river twice.”
— Philip Johnson (00:14)

“I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?”
— Philip Johnson (00:21)

“Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space.”
— Philip Johnson (00:28)

“We all see the world differently. And thank God for that. Otherwise, what a boring world this would be.”
— Philip Johnson (00:35)

“Naturalism and materialism mean essentially the same thing.”
— Philip Johnson (00:42)

“The practice of architecture is the most delightful of all pursuits. Also, next to agriculture, it is the most necessary to man. One must eat, one must have shelter. Next to religious worship itself, it is the spiritual handmaiden of our deepest convictions.”
— Philip Johnson (00:49)

“I got everything from someone. Nobody can be original.”
— Philip Johnson (00:56)

“Processionalism is primary – how you get from one place to another, the relationships and effects of spaces as you move about in them. That’s worked out awfully well in the State Theater. I’m a ‘straight-in’ man myself; I’m too nervous, I like to know where I am. I also like to know where I’m going.”
— Philip Johnson (01:03)

“All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.”
— Philip Johnson (01:10)

“I guess I can’t be a great architect. Great architects have a recognizable style. But if every building I did were the same, it would be pretty boring.”
— Philip Johnson (01:17)

“Don’t build a glass house if you’re worried about saving money on heating.”
— Philip Johnson (01:24)

“I’m a chameleon, so changeable. I see myself as a gadfly and a questioner.”
— Philip Johnson (01:31)

“How does an artist know when the line that he just painted is good or not good? That’s the catch. De Kooning was the greatest of my contemporaries in art, and he knew when he’d done a good line. When he didn’t, he threw it away. I wish I’d thrown away some of mine.”
— Philip Johnson (01:38)

“There’s no worse feeling than seeing my buildings and realizing the mistakes.”
— Philip Johnson (01:45)

“If architects weren’t arrogant, they wouldn’t be architects. I don’t know a modest good architect.”
— Philip Johnson (01:52)

“The people with money to build today are corporations – they are our popes and Medicis. The sense of pride is why they build.”
— Philip Johnson (01:59)

“We do pretty much whatever we want to.”
— Philip Johnson (02:06)

“I call myself a traditionalist, although I have fought against tradition all my life.”
— Philip Johnson (02:13)

Music credit: Easy Day – Kevin MacLeod


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