Truth lives on in the illusion of Art, and it is from this copy, or after-image, that the original image will once again be restored.
— Friedrich Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man via The Architecture of Happiness
Sheer space is the ultimate psychological reward of American Deserta. But in this case the reward was the more enjoyable for being delivered in false coin, for the vastness of the view proved to be an optical illusion!
— Reyner Banham, “The Vast and the Empty” Landform Building
In this context I would like to recall that Vittorio Gregotti, in his 1966 Il territorio dell'architettura, cites turn-of-the-century German geographer Friedrich Ratzel as having coined the term “anthrogeographic.” It’s a very evocative concept emphasizing that there is no romantic nature left, that everything is manmade.
— Kenneth Frampton, Landform Building
What is required is a new mindset that might see the design of infrastructure not as simply performing to minimum engineering standards, but as capable of triggering complex and unpredictable urban and architectural effects in excess of its designed capacity.
— Stan Alan, Landform Building
Land in the Mohave Desert.
Sing for the sun.
— Cold War Kids, “Audience”
If this book’s argument is correct, then the covert subject of most poetry for the last three centuries has been the anxiety of influence, each poet’s fear that no proper work remains for him to perform.
— Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence
We should acknowledge that the question of what is beautiful is both impossible to elucidate and shameful and even undemocratic to mention.
— Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
It’s a challenge for us to recover a sense of value.
— Michael Manfredi, Landform Building
There are no interpretations but only misinterpretations, and so all criticism is prose poetry.
— Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence