"Architecture is the constant fight between man and nature, the fight to overwhelm nature, to possess it. The first act of architecture is to put a stone on the ground. That act transforms a condition of nature into a condition of culture; it’s a holy act". – Mario Botta
"I don't know why people persist in mixing drinks in the kitchen. Nothing shouts 'Welcome' like a drinks table right out in the open." - Jeffrey Billhuber
“How can money be the root of all evil when shopping is the cure for all sadness?” – Elizabeth Taylor.
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like, design is how it works." - Steve Jobs
"My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we - architects - can effect the quality of life of the people." - Richard Rogers
“I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us, which can mold us, but which can also be affected by us. A balance must be established between these two worlds—the one inside us and the one outside us.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson
"Setting shouldn't just consist of describing nature or a landscape, or of saying where something takes place. It is the world of specific people. It's not enough for it to feel vivid or credible; it should feel necessary." - Kaui Hart Hemmings
"It's always helpful to look outside of the web for your inspiration, to places where you might not at first expect to find a solution. The world is a collage of inspiration, from newspapers, magazine publishing, and advertising to product design, architecture and the fine arts." - Andy Clark
"Design creates culture, culture shapes values, values determine the future" - Robert L Peters.
“The hospital is a human invention and as such can be reinvented at any time” - Lelandr Kaiser, P H . D .
"The cityscape was unapologetically urban. There were no trees or city planted blooms, just monoliths of concrete soaring out of the sidewalk in an exact grid pattern. At night it was beautiful in it's own way, so many lights. By day you relied on the sky to let you know that it wasn't a monochromatic world; just one in which the people were too busy for art. For over a generation progress had meant the teaching of specific skill sets to the children of the metropolis and art had been the first casualty, then dance, then music and television. In this city we only work and eat, there is no time to sweep fall leaves or plant spring flowers, hardly even enough to notice the blue above. With no more designers our clothing and cars never change, there are five styles of everything in white through grey. You pick the best one for you and use it until it falls apart before returning it for a replacement. In this way our city outperforms those in the region." - Angela Seanor
“Remember that every science is based upon an abstraction. An abstraction is taking a point of view or looking at things under a certain aspect or from a particular angle. All sciences are differentiated by their abstraction.”
― Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
“A lady, without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world.” - Jane Austin - Persuasion
“In the 16th century, parks and gardens were models of the cosmos and also tools for altering one's consciousness, possibly for changing one's destiny.” - Linda Lappin, Signatures in Stone