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Helmut Jahn
January 4, 1940 -
Category: Architect

Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new.


We prefer synthetic rather than natural materials. Natural products are almost too valuable. Wood is much harder to produce than metal. And metal is recyclable, while wood isn't.


It's my goal to make a building as immaterial as possible. Architecture is a very material thing. It takes a lot of resources, so why not eliminate what you don't need as long as you're able to achieve the same result?


The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions.


You don't know what the Chinese expect in the way of beauty. The presentation is just a farce. You come into a room filled with 50 people and they don't talk to you. There's very little interaction.


I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away.


I've never looked at a suburban building as being a minor building and an urban building as being a major building.


Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.


German and English firms operate internationally, while French firms do not. The only place where they all have work is in China. Anybody can sell himself in China!


Chinese buildings are like American buildings, with big footprints. People don't care about daylight or fresh air.


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