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Americans were rich, at least in the English psyche; it was like if you touched an American you'd instantly turn into gold.
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Any ideal system is its own worst enemy, and as soon as you start to implement these visions of grandeur, they just fall apart and turn into a complete tyranny.
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At this present time, matter is still the best way to think of architecture, but I'm not so sure for very long. The computer is radicalizing the way we think about our world.
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I deeply believe in pluralism. I believe in the close proximity of multiple systems or agnostic systems.
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I feel most strongly about Jerusalem, because architects ultimately have to address that city.
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I got to Paris, and I was terribly excited because I had this date. I didn't really know this person very well.
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I had to learn to see the world. I followed the teachers wherever they were and I didn't care about the institution, it was more about the person.
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I have a book of buildings from 25,000 BC. These are huts built out of mammoth bones. These buildings were beautifully made, from the bones of the body into shelter.
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I haven't done any building designs since the Loaf House.
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I see man more as an instrument or an agent more than anything else.
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I started producing work with an ecstatic addiction.
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I'm aiming to work with nothing and no matter: to have a self-education or a didactic education without matter. There is plenty out there without having more.
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I'm interested in locating the holy grail of the minimum means to express the most complex ideas.
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I'm just interested in meditating on certain ideas, and I like to draw: that's my way of thinking.
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I'm not an expert, but I want to be.
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If you could make something or think of something that engaged every aspect of human endeavor, that's what I'm interested in!
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If you're into architecture and you're from the West, everything is hors d'oeuvres for working to rebuild the Temple. Ultimately you're led there. You can't escape it.
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It was about 120 degrees on set. The DP really lit it like sunlight. One woman in the crowd shot passed out from the heat.
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It's difficult to find a house with no map at 3 o'clock in the morning in a foreign country and where you don't speak the language.
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LA was great. Got to see our piece, Graffiti Ghost, on the big screen at the Egyptian Theater. That was sort of a rush.
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Most of our clients only have a vague sense of what they want. They just know they want something unusual and cool.
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MTV lets us do whatever we want. For me, there is freedom in serving an experienced client who knows what they want and has the money to do it. MTV is that for us.
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Politics are beautiful. They enable a community to live collectively with one another. It's not about stabbing each other in the back; it's about enabling people to reach their dreams and pursue happiness.
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Satire is fascinating stuff. It's deadly serious, and when politics begin to break down, there is a drift towards satire, because it's the only thing that makes any sense.
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Student journeys which were important to me were Sicily, Greece, and Egypt, where I really saw these buildings, and that is where you're able to grasp what things mean.
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The beast for me is greed. Whether you read Dante, Swift, or any of these guys, it always boils down to the same thing: the corruption of the soul.
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The collage work is ever present, despite the fact that I haven't touched one in years, in the structure of thinking.
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The corruption of the American soul is consumerism.
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The Irish and British, they love satire, it's a large part of the culture.
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The latest page I've been working is about the organization of the pantheon of the gods. Who's indebted to whom, how they are related, who screwed whose uncle or grandmother, all of that.
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The music videos allow us to do whatever we want, but the budgets are always really tiny. The commercials have real dollars behind them.
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They arranged for me to go to The Royal Academy, to study with one of the best life drawing professors in the world. That's how I learned.
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This was the kind of education I received: You want to do something, well go and do it, we'll help you in full.
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Very rarely are we directing or cutting someone else's boards. We concept, direct, shoot, animate and edit almost everything that comes through here.
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We are pushing hard to find quality advertising clients.
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What I feel bad about is not having published very much in the last few years.
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What matters is this way of seeing the world that is deeply interested in manifesting, sorting out, and creating poetry to the palimpsest of human endeavor. That's architecture.
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When I left school I went on trip around the world-I only got as far as Australia, but like a bloody fool I cut it short because of a girl. It's probably one of my big regrets in life.
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You can just drift unhappily towards this vision of heaven on earth, and ultimately that is what architecture is a vision of: Heaven on earth, at it's best.
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You can't talk about housing until you have a politic of how human creatures are going to be collectively taken care of.
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