A Quote by Shigeru Ban on architecture and creative principle

Architecture is not about designing somehting from a free, fanciful idea. It is about discovering and establishing one's own principle, some kind of regularity - finding an individual formula to apply to one's buildings.

Shigeru Ban

Source: Alvar Aalto exhibition

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A Quote by Friedensreich Hundertwasser on creativity, art, architecture, free thought, and individualism

The straight line is godless and
immoral. The straight line is not a creative line, it is a duplicating line, an imitating

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Source: Mould Manifesto against Rationalism in Architecture,

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A Quote by David Arkin on architecture, sustainability, and future

We firmly believe that in order for a building to be sustainable, it must be loved; it must touch the soul. People—not just the current owners, but future generations—must find enough value in a building to continue to occupy and maintain it. Some of this is aesthetic, some performance, some economics. The Roman architect Vitruvius told us that buildings must have "Firmness, Commodity and Delight". True today more than ever.

David Arkin

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A Quote by Thomas Moore on absence, architecture, clarity, garden, literature, music, painting, paradise, poetry, religion, soul, and world

The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: The Re–Enchantment of Everyday Life, 1996, p. 101

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A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on architecture, history, knowledge, lawyers, and literature

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

Source: Guy Mannering. 1815, Chap. xxxvii.

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A Quote by Sir James Jeans on architecture, beginning, creation, purity, and universe

From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.

Sir James Jeans (1877 - 1946)

Source: Mysterious Universe.

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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on age, architecture, belief, and happiness

Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

Source: Epistulae ad Lucilium, epistle 90

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A Quote by Samuel Eliot Morison on achievement, america, architecture, balance, bravery, brevity, colors, dance, gold, harmony, music, nature, poets, purpose, songs, and world

These clipper ships of the early 1850's were built of wood in shipyards from Rockland in Maine to Baltimore. These architects, like poets who transmute nature's message into song, obeyed what wind and wave had taught them, to create the noblest of all sailing vessels, and the most beautiful creations of man in America. With no extraneous ornament except a figurehead, a bit of carving and a few lines of gold leaf, their one purpose of speed over the great ocean routes was achieved by perfect balance of spars and sails to the curving lines of the smooth black hull; and this harmony of mass, form and color was practiced to the music of dancing waves and of brave winds whistling in the rigging. These were our Gothic cathedrals, our Parthenon; but monuments carved from snow. For a few brief years they flashed their splendor around the world, then disappeared with the finality of the wild pigeon.

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887 - 1976)

Source: The Oxford History of the American People, 1965, ch. 36

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on architecture, literature, music, and work

Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: The Way of All Flesh, ch. 14.

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A Quote by Robert A. Millikan on architecture, certainty, failure, jobs, justice, philosophy, planning, and responsibility

Just how we fit into the plans of the Great Architect and how much He has assigned us to do, we do not know, but if we fail in our assignment it is pretty certain that part of the job will be left undone. But fit in we certainly do somehow, else we would not have a sense of our own responsibility. A purely materialistic philosophy is to me the height of unintelligence.

Robert A. Millikan

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