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The apartment-house tenant must have the freedom to lean out of his window and as far as his arms can reach transform the exterior of his dwelling space. And he must be allowed to take a long brush and - as far as his arms can reach - paint everything pink, so that from far away, from the street, everyone can see: there lives a man who distinguishes himself from his neighbours, the pent-up livestock!
In order to rescue functional architecture from its moral ruin, a decomposing solution should be poured over all those glass walls and smooth concrete surfaces, so the moulding process can set in.
From: MOULDINESS MANIFESTO AGAINST RATIONALISM IN ARCHITECTURE, 1958
Who can create irregularities? Naturally, man himself, if he is capable of it. The artist. But nature is best of all. There is no better teacher than nature, because nature creates non-regulated irregularities, genuine barriers of beauty. You have to intentionally let nature have a share in handling the colour. That is very easily accomplished. A wall only needs to weather. Slowly it weathers, and these images come about which man is completely incapable of making so beautifully and perfectly.
From: COLOUR IN ARCHITECTURE, 1981
A golden onion tower on your own house elevates the resident to the status of a king.
From: THE ONION TOWERS, 1985
A lively, uneven floor in the public area means a regaining of the human dignity which man is deprived of by the levelling tendencies of urbanism.
People not only have eyes, to enjoy the beauty they see, and ears to hear melodies, and noses to smell nice scents. People also have a sense of touch in their hands and feet.
The uneven walkway becomes a symphony, it is a melody for the feet. The walkway makes the whole person vibrate. Architecture should elevate man, not humiliate him.
From: THE UNEVEN FLOOR, 1985
Some people say houses consist of walls. I say houses consist of windows.
From: THE WINDOW DICTATORSHIP , 1990
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