Archive for December, 2016

As soon as I see someone is very capable, I put him in charge of a separate group. I keep forming similar groups.

Hafeez Contractor

When I was in college I used to tell my friends, my office will be running in three shifts and everybody used to laugh.

Hafeez Contractor

In architecture, you need a patron. When I was working in Kharegat's office, I knew virtually all the builders of Bombay and everybody was fond of me but that was not enough.

Hafeez Contractor

I wanted to be an architect since I was in Class III, though I didn't know the term "architecture" or "design" back then.

Hafeez Contractor

I would design forts, tanks, cars, guns, sections of a building. In Class IV, I was thrashed by my English teacher Mrs Gupta who caught me drawing instead of writing in class. But she also told me to become an architect when I grew up. That was the first time I heard the word 'architect'.

Hafeez Contractor

Early on I worked 19-20 hours a day for the first 14 years of my work life! As an entrepreneur, came the challenge of maintaining staff. Especially today, youngsters are more money conscious.

Hafeez Contractor

Architecture has always had this mythical or metaphysical component.

Charles Correa

It's extraordinary that since the beginning of time, man has used the most inert materials, like brick and stone to express the invisibilia that move him.

Charles Correa

The thing about architecture is that you cannot teach it. You can learn it, but you cannot teach it. And a good school is a school which makes you passionate about architecture and that teaches you how to ask questions.

Charles Correa

If you know how to ask the right questions, you will develop your own philosophy and your own visual vocabulary.

Charles Correa

I've never designed a glass building. I've never felt the need to. I've used glass, but I wouldn't say I've ever designed a glass tower. I wouldn't be so stupid as to do that.

Charles Correa

Just think of what we’ve created in Bombay. We don’t even know there are drug lords in the city because their profile is so low. But everyone knows about builders.

Charles Correa

While it is getting better and better as city (Mumbai), and disintegrating (very rapidly and quite unnecessarily) as environment... perhaps what we are experiencing is the last burst of energy. .. the spastic twitches before the end.

Charles Correa

I don't expect anyone to follow me.

Charles Correa

In New Delhi, Edwin Lutyens was specifically commissioned to create an architecture that projected the imagery of a “superior civilization.” Today we’re using those very images to control our own people!

Charles Correa

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