The return to language is a proof of failure.
— Manfredo Tafuri, The Sphere and the Labrynth
But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like you’re a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are just by being alive.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson, “The Most Astounding Fact”
Why take a “path that is no longer a path,” especially if it only leads to self-description?
— Manfredo Tafuri, The Sphere and the Labrynth
That’s my new favorite camel.
— Stephen, The Brothers Bloom
When it comes time to act, our robust animal realism will always dominate.
— George Sher, "But I Could Be Wrong"
Who’s that man?
— Kumar, Bottle Rocket
Even when people are together, they’re occupying their own space.
— P. Adam Sitney
Like breathing was easy.
— The xx, “Angels”
There is always a group of solutions, one of which is the best under certain conditions.
— Karl Gerstner, “Designing Programmes”
All normal buildings are unique solutions to specific problems.
— Reyner Banham, The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment
Where the handouts grow on bushes.
And you sleep out every night.
— Harry McClintock, “In the Big Rock Candy Mountains”
A room is not an incubator to be sterilized of all foreign germs. The forms of life, past and present, shall be given an opportunity to interact.
— Siegfried Giedion, Mechanization Takes Command
How strange to think of India!
Wealth is nothing but lack of people.
— Robert Bly, “Sunday in Glastonbury"
I’m talking about taking it out and chopping it up.
— Royal Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums
In 1965 Le Corbusier drowned swimming in the sea.
— Adolfo Natalini, “How Great Architecture Was In 1966”
Edgar Degas purchased once
A fine El Greco, which he kept
Against the wall beside his bed
To hang his pants on while he slept.
— Richard Wilbur, “Museum Piece”
I listen to my words, but they fall far below.
— Cat Stevens, “The Wind”
I do not know. Possibly in the belief it’d make him more dead.
— Rooster Cogburn, True Grit
Grounds & Buildings
Always Constructive
— Hat
A rational extension of the old religious systems, of old tales, and above all of psychoanalysis, into architectural expression becomes more an more urgent as all the reasons for becoming impassioned disappear.
— Gilles Ivain, “Formulary for a New Urbanism”