The automobile is the greatest catastrophe in the entire history of City architecture.
1955 'The Town and the Automobile or the Pride of Elm Street', published in Writings (1979).
American megalomania is largely responsible for the growth of the Skyscraper School.Philip Johnson
It's got to be clear, back in your own mind, that serving the client is onething and theart of architectureanother.Philip Johnson
Surelyarchitecture is the organization for pleasure of enclosed space. And what more magnificent enclosure than a town, a place, a place where the spirit is cuddled, made serene, made proud, happy, or excited depending on the ceremony, the day, the hour.Philip Johnson
You can't learn architecture any more than you can learn a sense of music or of painting.You shouldn't talk about art, you should do it.Philip Johnson
The delicate operation of separating an American from the four-wheeled part of him has to be performed with tact.Philip Johnson
Some of the opera houses in Italy had to be burnt down because people could neither see nor hear. They gave up seeing years ago, but they did enjoy the music.Philip Johnson
Architecture is the art of how to waste space.Philip Johnson
I'm about four skyscrapers behind.Philip Johnson