Quote of the Day

Interesting quotes I like from books relating to architecture, given a bit more attention value through typographic treatment, and including a number of statements from myself.
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"For our house is our corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word. If we look at it intimately, the humblest dwelling has beauty." Gaston Bachelard, 1958, The Poetics of Space, Beacon Press, Boston, 1994 edition, p. 4.

"For our house is our corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word. If we look at it intimately, the humblest dwelling has beauty." Gaston Bachelard, 1958, The Poetics of Space, Beacon Press, Boston, 1994 edition, p. 4.

Gaston Bachelard.

Gaston Bachelard.

Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos about the application of the Klein bottle diagram in Arnhem Central station project.

Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos about the application of the Klein bottle diagram in Arnhem Central station project.

...Parametric design and scripting done today, might seem sophisticated, but are like primitive crutches to the design process. The whole system is waiting for a final nudge that will evolve design into things unimaginable. That nudge will come from a new generation that takes advantage of all possibilities, and cares not for established teaching tradition.

...Parametric design and scripting done today, might seem sophisticated, but are like primitive crutches to the design process. The whole system is waiting for a final nudge that will evolve design into things unimaginable. That nudge will come from a new generation that takes advantage of all possibilities, and cares not for established teaching tradition.

COMPUTER AIDED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN is THEORY AT WORK

COMPUTER AIDED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN is THEORY AT WORK

In this day and age, that glorifies individual success, we should pause and glorify friendship, co-operation, and team spirit.

In this day and age, that glorifies individual success, we should pause and glorify friendship, co-operation, and team spirit.

Intelligence is the struggle against Entropy

Intelligence is the struggle against Entropy

"In particular, one is struck by the multiplicity of functions that a building of this type can contain over time and how those functions are entirely independent of the form. At the same time, it is precisely the form that impresses us; we live it and experience it, and in turn it structures the city." (Aldo Rossi, 1989, The Architecture of the City, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, p. 29)

"In particular, one is struck by the multiplicity of functions that a building of this type can contain over time and how those functions are entirely independent of the form. At the same time, it is precisely the form that impresses us; we live it and experience it, and in turn it structures the city." (Aldo Rossi, 1989, The Architecture of the City, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, p. 29)

"Designing is highly addictive" (Kees Dorst, 2003. Understanding Design: 150 Reflections on Being a Designer. BIS Publishers, Amsterdam, p. 19.)

"Designing is highly addictive" (Kees Dorst, Understanding Design: 150 Reflections on Being a Designer. BIS Publishers, Amsterdam, p.

...But complex real-world problems don’t often decompose easily or meaningfully. What might even be worse, we are spoon fed the solutions to problems, chapter by chapter, never once being forced to think about whether or not the problems we are facing should be solved with the technique just described in our textbook. Of course they must! Why else would this problem be in this chapter?! (Zgbigniew Michalewicz and David B. Fogel. 2002. How to Solve it: Modern Heuristics, p. 3

...But complex real-world problems don’t often decompose easily or meaningfully. What might even be worse, we are spoon fed the solutions to problems, chapter by chapter, never once being forced to think about whether or not the problems we are facing should be solved with the technique just described in our textbook. Of course they must! Why else would this problem be in this chapter?! (Zgbigniew Michalewicz and David B. Fogel. 2002. How to Solve it: Modern Heuristics, p. 3

"In a field like architecture, which is inclined to packaged answers, the danger is that the style of the work will be taken as a model... A truly exemplary philosophy of art or architecture should transcend any one’s practitioner’s applications. It should, on the most basic, conceptual level, provide a ground plan for a wide range of interpretations without losing its central message." (James Wines, 1987, de-Architecture, Rizzoli  International Publications Inc., New York, p. 116)

"In a field like architecture, which is inclined to packaged answers, the danger is that the style of the work will be taken as a model... A truly exemplary philosophy of art or architecture should transcend any one’s practitioner’s applications. It should, on the most basic, conceptual level, provide a ground plan for a wide range of interpretations without losing its central message." (James Wines, 1987, de-Architecture, Rizzoli International Publications Inc., New York, p. 116)

...A scientific understanding of the beautifully synchronized and articulated motion of an owl's individual feathers during flight does not impede a poetic appreciation of the same phenomenon. Rather, the two enhance each other, a more lyrical eye lending the cold data a romance from which it has long been divorced. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen: International Edition, DC Comics, New York, 2008, section "Blood from the shoulder of Pallas."

...A scientific understanding of the beautifully synchronized and articulated motion of an owl's individual feathers during flight does not impede a poetic appreciation of the same phenomenon. Rather, the two enhance each other, a more lyrical eye lending the cold data a romance from which it has long been divorced. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen: International Edition, DC Comics, New York, 2008, section "Blood from the shoulder of Pallas."

Architecture is simply what architects do. Paraphrase of "Mind is simply what brains do”, Marvin Minsky, 1988, The Society of Mind, Simon & Schuster, New York, p. 287.

Architecture is simply what architects do. Paraphrase of "Mind is simply what brains do”, Marvin Minsky, 1988, The Society of Mind, Simon & Schuster, New York, p. 287.

Karl Chu on 'Why is philosophy significant to architecture?'

Karl Chu on 'Why is philosophy significant to architecture?

It is sometimes said that the two most frequently told lies are, ‘the cheque is in the post’ and ‘of course I love you’, but in the case of architects’ drawings it seems that the lettering ‘play area’ and ‘sitting area’ should be regarded with equal levels of distrust! People will sit where they want to sit, and not where architects put seats. Bryan Lawson, 2001, The Language of Space, Architectural Press, Oxford, p. 211.

It is sometimes said that the two most frequently told lies are, ‘the cheque is in the post’ and ‘of course I love you’, but in the case of architects’ drawings it seems that the lettering ‘play area’ and ‘sitting area’ should be regarded with equal levels of distrust! People will sit where they want to sit, and not where architects put seats. Bryan Lawson, 2001, The Language of Space, Architectural Press, Oxford, p. 211.

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