I am a Brazilian before I am an architect. I cannot separate the two.
The challenge of a cathedral is very good for architectural inventiveness.
It is not with architecture that one can disseminate any political ideology.
Of course, I have given my engineers some headaches over the years, but they go with me. I have always wanted my buildings to be as light as possible, to touch the ground gently, to swoop and soar, and to surprise.
Right angles don't attract me. Nor straight, hard and inflexible lines created by man.
Humanity needs dreams to be able to survive the miseries of daily existence, even if only for an instant.
I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.
The artistic capability of reinforced concrete is so fantastic - that is the way to go.
Architecture will always express the technical and social progress of the country in which it is carried out. If we wish to give it the human content that it lacks, we must participate in the political struggle.
When students leave college, they are like children who know nothing about the problems of life, and don't have a political stance.