Christian de Portzamparc - Quotes

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An architect must remember that the people working or living in his building need space - to dream, to be quiet, to find beauty somewhere. ---->>>

When I am true to my inspiration, even fight for my design, the project always turns out well. ---->>>

We need to rediscover the essence of the meaning of 'the use.' Architecture is, above all, here for a better living. Every gesture, every shape must be justified by various reasons that would reinforce their reason to be, their use, and will give more sense to their beauty. ---->>>

In the '60s when I was a student, there was this campaign to destroy 75 percent of the old buildings in Paris, replacing them with modern architecture. I realized this as a dangerous utopia. This modern vision did not understand the richness of the city. Thankfully, such destruction did not happen. ---->>>

When I was 18, I lived in Greenwich Village, New York, for nine months. At that time, I wanted to change the world, not through architecture, but through painting. I lived the artist's life, mingling with poets and writers, and working as a waiter. I was intrigued by the aliveness of the city. ---->>>

Architecture has a strong link with the movies in terms of time progression, sequencing, framing, all of that. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: 05-05, 1944
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
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Occupation: Architect

Christian de Portzamparc (French pronunciation: ​[kʁistjɑ̃ də pɔʁtzɑ̃paʁk]; born 5 May 1944) is a French architect and urbanist. He graduated from the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1970 and has since been noted for his bold designs and artistic touch; his projects reflect a sensibility to their environment and to urbanism that is a founding principle of his work (wikipedia)