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20 Inspiring Quotes About Parametric Design

Read 20 statements from the world's leading parametric architects.


Parametric design has revolutionized the way we approach architecture, engineering, and various other fields. By using algorithms and variables to define and manipulate design parameters, we can create intricate, efficient, and adaptable structures. The realm of parametric design is a melting pot of innovation, where creativity and technology converge. In this blog post, we present 25 quotes that capture the essence and potential of parametric design, inspiring us to explore new horizons and push the boundaries of our imagination.

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“I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.” ~ Tadao Ando

Frank Gehry

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” ~ Frank Gehry

David Adjaye

“Buildings for me represent opportunities of agency, transformation, and storytelling.“ ~ David Adjaye

Jeanne Gang

“If you want to push design into new areas, you have to work closely across the boundaries of people's trades and professions.” ~ Jeanne Gang

Peter Zumthor

"I'm a passionate architect .. I do not work for money” ~ Peter Zumthor

Ma Yansong

“I don't use tools to create things, but I use them to realize things.” ~ Ma Yansong

Jean Nouvel

"Each new situation requires a new architecture" ~ Jean Nouvel

Maya Lin

“Sometimes I think creativity is magic; it's not a matter of finding an idea, but allowing the idea to find you.” ~ Maya Lin

Elizabeth Diller

"Each project is torturous and joyful, and it's always an inspiration." ~ Elizabeth Diller

Moshe Safdie

"Architecture should be rooted in the past, and yet be part of our own time and forward looking." ~ Moshe Safdie

Oscar Niemeyer

“The rule is the worst thing. You just want to break it.” ~ Oscar Niemeyer

Patrik Schumacher

“There’s an intuitive feel to lots of our projects, but it’s also very important to see the rationales behind the thinking. That it’s not just pure pursuit of beauty…” ~ Patrik Schumacher

Bjarke Ingels

“For me, architecture is the means, not the end. It's a means of making different life forms possible.” ~ Bjarke Ingels

Daniel Libeskind

"Architecture is not based on concrete and steel, and the elements of the soil. It's based on wonder." ~ Daniel Libeskind

 Rem Koolhaas

"Architecture is a way of thinking about the world very similar in structure to writing a book" ~ Rem Koolhaas

 Thom Mayne

“Architecture is a negotiated art, and it's highly political, and if you want to make buildings, there is diplomacy required.” ~ Thom Mayne

  Toyo Ito

"Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand." ~ Toyo Ito

  Frei Otto

“My hope is that light, flexible architecture might bring about a new and open society.” ~ Frei Otto

  Zaha Hadid

"There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?" ~ Zaha Hadid

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