"People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that's both liberating and alarming."
"We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us."Rem Koolhaas on Winston Churchill
"Whatever good things we build end up building us."Rem Koolhaas on Jim Rohn
"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."Rem Koolhaas on Ayn Rand
"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom."Rem Koolhaas on Ayn Rand
"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age."Rem Koolhaas on Frank Lloyd Wright
"It is not possible to live in this age if you don't have a sense of many contradictory forces."
"Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things."
"Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years, so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture."
"Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major drivers and has been from the very beginning."
"The intellectual force of the West is still dominant, but other cultures are getting stronger. I expect that we will develop a new way of thinking in architecture and urban planning, and that less will be based on our models."