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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

Architecture is like a mountain. It can’t move.

Charles Correa

Film is very close to architecture. Both are dealing with the way light falls on an object and defines it but the difference is time. A director can create huge shifts in emotion with a jump-cut or an edit but architecture cannot move, so an architect can’t produce those sudden shifts. On the other hand, that stillness is also a magnificent property. Like a mountain, it gives gravitas.

Charles Correa

It is absolutely untrue; there are no deaths on our site whatsoever. I sued someone in the press for it. You should check your facts.

Zaha Hadid

I didn’t pull out of the Japanese project. It’s a very serious story. It’s a scandal. We won this competition three years ago, it was an international competition entered by many Japanese architects and we won it.

Zaha Hadid

Don’t ask me a question if you don’t want [me] to answer. Let’s stop this conversation right now.

Zaha Hadid

From my first days studying architecture at the architectural association, I have always been interested in the concept of fragmentation and with ideas of abstraction and explosion, where we were de-constructing ideas of repetitiveness and mass production.

Zaha Hadid

Even as a little girl, I wanted to be an architect.

Zaha Hadid

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