Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Charles Jencks Quotes. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom. We definitely have something to learn from them!
Can’t you see, we are in a dialogue with the universe?
I think any cancer patient, if you dig not too deeply, they want to live.
Like our attitude to love, truth and goodness, we seem to be confident about knowing what beauty is – certain, even dogmatic – until we think hard about the idea, whereupon all confidence flies away.
I was already writing about the idea of a ‘multiverse’ in the 1970s, though I might have called it the ‘pluriverse.’ How was I to know it would turn out to be the standard model? Actually, I consider myself an enlightenment fossil.
A sign to me is a one-liner, a symbol is very complex and my house is a series of symbols.
The cell is a city of production centres, each part working away like mad, and it’s co-ordinated. Six trillion cells in a body – you can’t help but be moved.
Europe has been in my bones.
Pick up a sunflower and count the florets running into its centre, or count the spiral scales of a pine cone or a pineapple, running from its bottom up its sides to the top, and you will find an extraordinary truth: recurring numbers, ratios and proportions.
Mies van der Rohe’s architecture and modern architecture in general suffered from not only being repetitive, but not explaining to the populous what the different rooms were for.
Science is a victim of its own reductive metaphors: ‘Big Bang,’ ‘selfish gene’ and so on. Richard Dawkins’ selfish gene fitted with the Thatcherite politics of the time. It should actually be the ‘altruistic gene,’ but he’d never have sold as many books with a title like that.
The singular point of beautiful objects, and people, is that they are experienced not as parts, or ratios between cheekbones and chin, but as wholes. The experience of beauty is a perception, but it is one that mixes up various other sensations and makes them converge in a particular way.
I’ve been a lucky man. I’ve only faced one real tragedy: the death of my wife, Maggie, from cancer in 1995.
Beautiful people are always with us, as evolutionary psychologists and a trip to the news-stand confirm.
If you can’t take the kitsch, get out of the kitchen.
What is the most interesting thing to people? Other people.
Modern Architecture died in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 15, 1972, at 3.32 p.m. (or thereabouts), when the infamous Pruitt Igoe scheme, or rather several of its slab blocks, were given the final coup de grace by dynamite.
In 1979, postmodernism lost its understanding of the meaning of ornament. It degenerated into kitsch applique.
It’s a mark of any icon that it should be open to iconoclasm.