“Architecture is amazing because it’s art. But you know, it’s a very funny kind of art. It’s an art at the frontier between art and science. It’s fed by real life, every day. It’s driven by the force of necessity...
“As an architect, at 10 o’clock in the morning, you need to be a poet for sure. But at 11, you must become a humanist, otherwise you lose your direction. And at noon, you absolutely need to be a builder. You need to be able to make a building. Because architecture, at the end, is the art of making buildings. Architecture is the art of making shelter for human beings, period.”
— Renzo Piano, from his ted talk
"When helping them in reconstruction and preservation, you also have to consider their culture and environment.. The reconstruction of the human consciousness and human spirit is the most important factor.. That is why we bring the Thao together with us in rebuilding their homes with their own hands."