"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."
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."Tadao Ando on Albert Einstein
"Information is not knowledge."Tadao Ando on Albert Einstein
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."Tadao Ando on Marcus Garvey
"Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be."Tadao Ando on Albert Einstein
"Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."Tadao Ando on William Shakespeare
"I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture."
"If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness."
"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."
"I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future."
"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."