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On the Oriental Masonic Gardens, New Haven, CT

"In New Haven, in the 60s, I designed some housing using trailers. I had the acquiescence of Mayor Lee, a remarkable mayor indeed. The whole notion of making a project for about 150 people using trailers was difficult to persuade anybody to do. I suppose it was a mistake; it was eventually demolished. People hated it. First of all it leaked, which is a very good reason to hate something, but I think it was much more complicated than that. Psychologically, the good folk who inhabited these dwellings thought that they were beneath them.

On Civic Architecture


Definition of Urbanism


In many of his public comments on architecture, Paul Rudolph referred to “urbanism” as one of the guiding principles in his work. In this 1992 article published in the Italian journal, Arca he articulates that explanation.

On Dharmala Sakti Building, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1982-1988

“I always see the site. Of course I went there. I did an interesting thing, at their suggestion, as a matter of fact. I told them that I wanted to get as clear an idea of vernacular architecture in that part of the world as possible. They took me to some villages nearby, but they also took me to a tourist park that had built about twelve structures from the Indonesian islands. They are very distinctive architectural types. New Guinea is very different, of course, from Sumatra, and very different from Bali, and so on.

On the Student Architect


On Regionalism in Architecture

“We must search for the innate possibilities of a given site or climate and the regional characteristics of vernacular building. Every city has its own unique scale, proportions and materials. Traditional methods of building quite often are still the most economical; one doesn’t always have to put up a curtain wall.

On the Bond Centre (now Lippo Centre), Hong Kong

“Hong Kong is an entirely different project. It is interesting in that it's being built on somebody else's foundations, and, therefore, the planning of Hong Kong is determined by foundations already poured in place. The owners changed because of the relationship with Red China and everybody got scared. They are totally commercial office buildings, unlike Jakarta, and therefore the ground rules are very different. Also there are multiplicities of owners, unlike Dharmala, which is a corporate headquarters. It is like home to them, and, therefore, they take great interest in it.

More on Urbanism

“We must develop some kind of consistent theory for relating one building to another and to the environment. The Ecole des Beaux Arts did have such a theory. I’m not proposing that we bring it back, but in the nineteenth century when the Ecole des Beaux Arts was in full swing, they did have a comprehensible theory in regard to the relationship of one building to another—as did earlier periods of architecture.

Charles Gwathmey on his renovation and addition to the Art and Architecture Building, Yale University

“It was very complimentary for me to have been asked to do this because I loved Paul and because of my time here. Paul used to recruit Der Scutt (Yale, ’61) and me to ink perspective drawings of the building at night. As he designed, he struggled about being across the street from Louis Kahn. For me to be able to come back and restore the building and also do an addition is a great way to express my gratitude.”
"Charles Gwathmey and Robert A. M. Stern." Constructs. Fall 2008: 2-3.


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