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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

It is wonderful how climate can generate architectural form. This is true of the igloo, it’s true of the Pacific islands. It’s true everywhere. You have to respect climate. You have to look at local materials, local technology, and then you can come up with elegant, surprising architecture.

Charles Correa

Yes. I love those wind-catcher houses found in Iran and Hyderabad, Sind. Those really are machines for living! In the most romantic sense: the way Le Corbusier meant it.

Charles Correa

The rich Indian, driving his new Mercedes, just couldn't understand why a white person would be sitting in the road with lice in his hair. A friend of mine used to say that the hippy is sending us a signal: 'I am coming from where you are going.

Charles Correa

When the hippies first came to India in the 1960s, people got very upset.

Charles Correa

We have all come too far away from the fundamentals. We have surrendered more and more to engineers, who manage to prop up any design and manage to heat and cool any kind of shape. Ultimately we are the losers: everything has left architecture, except whimsy and fashion.

Charles Correa

There is a difference between principles and fashion.

Charles Correa

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