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Harry Seidler
June 25, 1923 - March 9, 2006
Nationality: Australian
Category: Architect

Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all.


The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.


Japan's humid and warm summer climate, as well as frequent earthquakes resulted in lightweight timber buildings raised off the ground that are resistant to earth tremors.


The government only makes restrictive rules, they don't show you what to do so you know, OK, here's where we need this many apartments, with open space, playgrounds, kindergartens.


After about the first Millennium, Italy was the cradle of Romanesque architecture, which spread throughout Europe, much of it extending the structural daring with minimal visual elaboration.


From the early days of European migration to America, in the 17th Century, the prototype of buildings was based on English precedent, even if mostly translated into the locally available material in abundance: timber.


At the age of 80, I'm becoming a visual artist. This could be my rebirth.


I've always thought Blues Point Tower is one of my best buildings and I stand by that.


After World War II great strides were made in modern Japanese architecture, not only in advanced technology, allowing earthquake resistant tall buildings, but expressing and infusing characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture in modern buildings.


Fifty years ago people were talking about Sydney's sprawl, but nobody does anything about it.


The form language used by the ancient Egyptians in their structures is minimal.


They didn't sell, people just weren't used to the idea of living in apartments.


Good design doesn't date.


It doesn't worry me that people have criticised the building.


Borne out of this, starting around the 17th Century was the Baroque era. It is my view that it is one of the architectural peak periods in western civilisation.


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