Helmut Jahn

Helmut Jahn

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Author Profession: German Architect
Born: January 04, 1940
Age: 76 years old
Birth Sign: Capricorn

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Working is actually a pleasure. It's just very time-consuming. It's a way of life. I find that I can work when I travel and work when I run. There is nothing like, on a rainy day, to work.

A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive.

A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes.

When I work, I work very hard. When I don't work, I have to do something where my endeavor can totally take me off what I do professionally, like sailing. It takes all your attention.

For me, drawing generates thinking and vice versa.

Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting, which is much healthier and reduces glare.

I find if my body feels well and I exercise regularly, I think better, work better and feel better.

Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.

IBM has a very solid business image.

The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions.

I think there will be a 200-story skyscraper someday. However, it will require a developer who will not think in conventional terms and for whom economic restraints won't apply.

You don't know what the Chinese expect in the way of beauty. The presentation is just a farce. You come into a room filled with 50 people and they don't talk to you. There's very little interaction.

I think the younger generation, the people poised to dominate the workforce, are more socially conscious. They are more demanding in terms of environment and how that environment contributes to their life.

Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You've got to be prepared in everything you do.

You'd never think of taking a cab if you had to walk a mile down Chicago's Michigan Avenue. But in a bad city you take a cab just to go around the corner.

Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new.

Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intellectual one.

When I think of some of my earlier work, it really seems a fortunate coincidence that I succeeded.

I wanted to improve the suburban office building; to create a great urban space in a suburban environment with all that implies about interaction, collaboration and creativity.

Chinese buildings are like American buildings, with big footprints. People don't care about daylight or fresh air.

The success of our operas rests most of the time in the hands of the conductor. This person is as necessary as a tenor or a prima donna. Giuseppe Verdi

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it, maybe we'll come up with something original. Peter Falk

I have always loved cashmere and knitwear is the first thing I'm drawn to when shopping - even if I don't need any. Claudia Schiffer

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