"We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Rem Koolhaas on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Rem Koolhaas on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Rem Koolhaas on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Rem Koolhaas on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Rem Koolhaas on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"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."
"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."
"Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major drivers and has been from the very beginning."