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Architecture Is an art for.h to learn pecause all are concerned with It. -John Ruskin • Architecture depenas on Order. Arrangement. Eurythmy. Symmetry. Propriety. ana Economy. All of these must l:>e pullt with due reference to duraplhty. convenience. and Peauty. Duraplhty wllll>e assured when four.datlons are c.rrled down to the solid ground and materials wisely and liberally selected: COfwenlence. when the arrangement of the apartments Is faultless and presents no hindrance to use. and when each class of building Is assigned to Its sultableand a pproprl3te exposure: and beauty. when the appearance of the wort Is pleasing artd In good taste, and when Its meml:>ers are In due proportion according to correct principles of symmetry. -VItruvlus • Archtucture is the masterly. correct and m~ ntflcent play of masses !7rought together In light. -leCorilusler • Arryone entering an the study of archlUcture must und~rstand that even though a plan mdy have abstract beauty on paper. the four f3C3deS may seem wel~ balanced and the total volume well proportioned. the pulldlng Itself may tum out to l:>e poor a rchttecture.1 rrtemalspace. that space which cannot \;Ie completely represented In'any form. which c.n De grasped ana felt only through direct experience. Is the protagonist of architecture. r o grasp space. to know how to see It. Is the key to the understanding ofpulldlng. -Bruno levi • Architecture. painting. and sculptureareC3l!edtheflne arts. They ap'peal to the eye as music does to the ear. But architecture Is not judged byvisuaf appeal alone. Buildings affect.1I of the hult13n senses - sound. smeR. touch. taste .• ndvlslon. -Forrest WIlson • It b¢::ame apparent to us thatarchructure Isgenerally3S5umedto~ a highly speclal1:zed system with a set of prescribed technical goals ratherth3n a sensual sccl3lart responsive to real human deslres.nd f~ngs. This hmltatlon Is mastfrlghtenlngly It13nlfested In the reliance on two-dlmenslonaldl3granns that lay mare stress on the quantlful Die features of Irollding organization run on the polychromatlc and three-dimensional quahtlesofthe whole architectural.experience. -Kent Bloomer&Charles Moore • The only wayyoucan pulld. theonfy way you can get th~ buUdlng Into being. Is through the rneasural7le. You must follow the laws of natu~ ana use quantftlesof Prick. methods of construction. and engineering. But In the e:'1d. when the Dulldl"9 ~mes p3rtof living. tt ~ unmeasura!11e qualltles. and the spirit of Its existence takes or'er. -louis Kahn • Built environments hlYe various p1Jrposes: to sher-..er peaple ana their 0ICt1v1tles and possesslor.s from the elements. from human and animal enemies. and from supematural powers; to estaDllsh place; to cr~ ;; humantzed. s3fe area In a profane and potenttillfy dangerous world; to stress social k:lentlty and Indlc.te statJJs; and soan. Thus the arlglnsof ardIlUcture a~ \;lest un.derstood If one t31:~ a wlde~ view.nd considers sociocultural factors. In the In-oaQest sense. to !;Ie rr.ore Important th3n climate. technolcgy. materials. and economy. In arry stt.u a tIon. It Is the Interplay of all these f.Jctors that l>est ~lalns thefonn of buildings. No single explanatlon willsufflc.e. M:3use Dulldlng.s - even apparerrtly huml:>le dwelhngs - art rno~than material 09jectsorstructu~s. They.rt Instttutk:>ns. pasJc cultural phenomena. People think envil'O!'lmerTts !lefore they l7ultd them. Thought orders space. tlme. actMty. status. roles. and Pdl3V1or. But gMng physical expression to Ideas Is va 1U3 Die. Encoding ideas ma~s them usefu I mnemanlcs; Ideas help behavlarby reminding people of how to act. how to ~ave. and what Is expected of them. It Is 1m porta nt to stress that aD built environ ments -i:lulldings. settlements. and landscapes - are one way of ordering the world I:Iy making ordering systems vIsIi:lle. The essentbl step. therefort.1s the ordering or organizing of the envlronment.-Arnos Rapaport • Ruskin sald:'~ nations write their .uto!1lographles In three manuscripts. the l7ookofthelraeeas. the 0001.: af their words and the Pock of their .rt. Not one of these Pocks C3n pe understood unless we read the two others. Put of the th~ the only trustworthy one Is the last.' On the whale I think this Is true. If I had to say which was telling the truth about society. a speech by a minister of housing ortheactual bUildings put up In his time. I should Pellev~ the I7ultdlngs. -Kenneth Clart • We requlr~ of any building. chat It act well. and do the things It was IntertJed to do In the Pest way: that It speak well. and say the thl~gs It waslnte1'lded to say In the best words; that It lool: well. and please us I1y Its presence. wnatevu It has to do or say. -John Ruskin' Architecture also exists without r.ue5sary assistance from an architect; and architects sometimes cre-a~ buildings which are nat architecture. -Norval White' Architecture Is produced by ordinary people. for ordinary people: therefore It should be easily comprehensible to all. -Steen Eller R3smussen
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