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Arthur Erickson – 29 Quotes

 

29 Quotes by Arthur Erickson

 

Does an architecture to assuage the spirit have a place?

– Arthur Erickson


Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.

– Arthur Erickson


Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.

– Arthur Erickson


The new architecture of transparency and lightness comes from Japan and Europe.

– Arthur Erickson


Architecture doesn’t come from theory. You don’t think your way through a building.

– Arthur Erickson


Western history has been a history of deed done, actions performed and results achieved.

– Arthur Erickson


You have to see a building to comprehend it. Photographs cannot convey the experience, nor film.

– Arthur Erickson


The way of architecture is the quiet voice that underlies it and has guided it from the beginning.

– Arthur Erickson


Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly.

– Arthur Erickson


Modernism released us from the constraints of everything that had gone before with a euphoric sense of freedom.

– Arthur Erickson


We have today a fairly thorough knowledge of the early Greco-Roman period because our motivations are the same.

– Arthur Erickson


Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.

– Arthur Erickson


The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.

– Arthur Erickson


The great dream merchant Disney was a success because make-believe was what everyone seemed to need in a spiritually empty land.

– Arthur Erickson


With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption.

– Arthur Erickson


Part of our western outlook stems from the scientific attitude and its method of isolating the parts of a phenomenon in order to analyze them.

– Arthur Erickson


Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology, relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today.

– Arthur Erickson


There is a single thread of attitude, a single direction of flow, that joins our present time to its early burgeoning in Mediterranean civilization.

– Arthur Erickson


No wonder the film industry started in the desert in California where, like all desert dwellers, they dream their buildings, rather than design them.

– Arthur Erickson


I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn’t destroy other cultures with the force of our own.

– Arthur Erickson


Inspiration in Science may have to do with ideas, but not in Art. In art it is in the senses that are instinctively responsive to the medium of expression.

– Arthur Erickson


Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.

– Arthur Erickson


No phenomenon can be isolated, but has repercussions through every aspect of our lives. We are learning that we are a fundamental part of nature’s ecosystems.

– Arthur Erickson


We are stymied by regulations, limited choice and the threat of litigation. Neither consultants nor industry itself provide research which takes architecture forward.

– Arthur Erickson


After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.

– Arthur Erickson


This great, though disastrous, culture can only change as we begin to stand off and see… the inveterate materialism which has become the model for cultures around the world.

– Arthur Erickson


There is little doubt that we are in the midst of a revolution of a much more profound and fundamental nature than the social and political revolutions of the last half century.

– Arthur Erickson


Today’s developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise.

– Arthur Erickson


What is the thread of western civilization that distinguished its course in history? It has to do with the preoccupation of western man with his outward command and his sense of superiority.

– Arthur Erickson


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