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Tadao Ando
September 13, 1941 -
Nationality: Japanese
Category: Architect

But now, more and more, its society is concerned with economy and finance.


The computer offers another kind of creativity. You cannot ignore the creativity that computer technology can bring. But you need to be able to move between those two different worlds.


Japanese traditional architecture is created based on these conditions. This is the reason you have a very high degree of connection between the outside and inside in architecture.


People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual - but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.


There is a role and function for beauty in our time.


At the same time, I would add that the American people have a lot of courage.


When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan.


When I draw something, the brain and the hands work together.


I hope that America as a whole, and especially its architects, will become more seriously involved in producing a new architectural culture that would bring the nation to the apex - where it has stood before - and lead the world.


You can't really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you.


The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.


I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.


Without this spirit, Modernist architecture cannot fully exist. Since there is often a mismatch between the logic and the spirit of Modernism, I use architecture to reconcile the two.


If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.


But in Japan, there's nothing like that, since the temple is made of wood. The divine spirit inside the building is eternal, so the enclosure doesn't have to be.


You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see.


I hope America can also be the cultural leader of the world, and use this frontier spirit to lead and show others that we need courage to go places where we have not gone before.


When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.


You always want to try to make something new, and, of course, America is the world leader in economics today.


My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.


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