Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
I have an all-Japanese design team, and none of them speak English. So it's often funny and surprising how my ideas end up lost in translation.
A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you're going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.