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"Quotations" INSTEAD | Generative Thinking | Week 8 | 2014 Ifigenia Doura


“To define is to limit.” Oscar Wilde


“A cross could be a shape for expressing something spacious; such as the coordinators of space. That could be called its first significance or its first relevance. A cross could equally stand for crossing something out. It could also be a sign of obstruction. An overturned cross, an X so to speak, could be the symbol of mystery, something for the other side. Then I could paint a cross in such a way that a connection is made between two bars, and in doing so convert it into a symbol of the unlimited.” (1988) Antoni Tàpies | Werke auf Papier 1943 – 2003 | Achim Sommer | Kunsthalle Emden | Altana 2004 | p. 27


“Το κενό και το τίποτε είναι το μέτρο χρησιμότητας κάθε ενέργειάς μας.” Λάο Τσε, 6ος αιώνας π.χ., Κινέζος φιλόσοφος

“Συνειδητοποιούμε το κενό καθώς το γεμίζουμε.” Antonio Porchia | 1885-1968 | Ιταλοαργεντινός ποιητής

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton


“Η δουλειά σε ένα καλό πεζογράφημα έχει τρία στάδια: το μουσικό στάδιο όταν γίνεται η σύνθεση, το αρχιτεκτονικό στάδιο όταν γίνεται το χτίσιμο και το υφαντουργικό στάδιο όταν εξυφαίνεται η πλοκή.” Walter Benjamin | 1892-1940 | Γερμανός φιλόσοφος

“Όλα στο σύμπαν έχουν ένα ρυθμό, όλα χορεύουν.” Μάγια Αγγέλου | Αφροαμερικανίδα ποιήτρια & συγγραφέας


“There is one timeless way of building. It is a thousand years old, and the same today as it has ever been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been made by people who were very close to the center of this way.� Christopher Alexander


“To seek the timeless way we must first know the quality without a name. There is a central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a man, a town, a building, or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named.” Christopher Alexander

“….An absolute architecture is one that recognizes whether theses limits are a product (and a camouflage) of economic exploitation (such as the enclaves determined by uneven economic redistribution) or whether they are the pattern of an ideological will to separation within the common space of the city. Instead of dreaming of a perfectly integrated society that can only be achieved as the supreme realization of urbanization and its avatar, capitalism, an absolute architecture must recognize the political separateness that can potentially, with the sea of urbanization, be manifest through the borders that define the possibility of the city.” Pier Vittorio Aureli


INSTEAD | Generative Thinking | Week 8 | 2014 Ifigenia Doura


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