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We are guilty for sending teams into foreign countries
by Arthur Erickson

We are guilty for sending teams into foreign countries
to advise them how to be like us.
- Arthur Erickson

The heart, not the head, must be the guide.
- 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

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

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

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

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Does an architecture to assuage the spirit have a place?
- Arthur Erickson

Whenever we witness art in a building,
we are aware of an energy contained by it.
- Arthur Erickson

There is an increasing awareness of the interrelatedness of things.
We are becoming less prone to accept an immediate solution
without questioning its larger implications.
- Arthur Erickson

The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning.
It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit
we are left with the dark feeling of desolation.
- Arthur Erickson

Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of
its world and the continual expansion and improvement
of the human lot as we are today.
- Arthur Erickson

Nearly all of the advances in structural and aesthetic
innovation is coming from abroad.
- Arthur Erickson

Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within.
- 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

Compared to industry in Europe or Japan,
where industry was based on a craft tradition,
we are sadly behind.
- Arthur Erickson

We settled this continent without art.
So it was easy for us to treat it as an imported luxury,
not a necessity.
- Arthur Erickson

Nowhere has specialization penetrated so deeply into
the building professions as North America.
- Arthur Erickson

Materialism has never been so ominous as now in North America,
as management takes over.
- Arthur Erickson

Our engineering departments build freeways which destroy a city or a landscape,
in the process.
- Arthur Erickson

Our universities advocate fragmentation in their course systems.
- Arthur Erickson

Tahiti has been spoiled for many years,
but Bali is one of the few cultures with origins in
one of the great ancient cultures which is still alive.
- Arthur Erickson

Our settlement of land is without regard to the best use of land.
- Arthur Erickson

Our incapacity to comprehend other cultures stems from
our insistence on measuring things in our own terms.
- Arthur Erickson

The innovative spirit was America's strongest attribute,
transforming everything into a brave new world,
but there lingered an insecurity about the arts.
- Arthur Erickson

In those countries with centuries of a craft tradition
behind their building methods,
techniques are tightly coordinated under the direction of the architect.
- Arthur Erickson

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

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

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

No amount of thought can ever reveal what comes unexpectedly.
- Arthur Erickson

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

The essentially unchangeable established order of things
slowly disappeared and was forgotten for a while completely.
- 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

Builders eventually took advantage of the look of modernism
to build cheaply and carelessly.
- Arthur Erickson

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

The tourist transports his own values and demands to
his destinations and implants them like an infectious disease,
decimating whatever values existed before.
- 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

Profit and bottom line, the contemporary mantra,
eliminates the very source of architectural expression.
- Arthur Erickson

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects,
with their creations recorded as great historical events.
- Arthur Erickson

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

It is the mystery of the creative act that something
other than our conscious self takes over.
- 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

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

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

The Achilles Heel of the Americas was the lack of cultural
confidence typical of new settlers.
- Arthur Erickson

The artist likes to seem totally responsible for his work.
Often he begins to explain it, to make it appear as
if it were a reasonable process.
- Arthur Erickson

We regard those other cultures, such as that of India,
where many people live and believe and behave much
as they did 1,000 or 2,000 years ago,
as undeveloped.
- 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

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

The obsession with performance left no room for the
development of the intuitive or spiritual impact of
space and form other than the aesthetic of the machine itself.
- 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

We find Japan a little more difficult to understand
because it has proven its 20th century prowess though
the ancient traditions still persist.
- 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

We can appreciate but not really understand the medieval town.
We cannot comprehend its compactness,
the contiguity of all its buildings as a single uninterrupted whole.
- Arthur Erickson

God's designs may be frequent justification for our actions,
but it is we, the self-made men, who take the credit.
- 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

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

We are yet to have a conscience at all about the exploitation of human cultures.
- 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

Bankers cannot afford to be concerned with only the
economic aspects of projects.
There may be serious implications on the natural environment,
the urban environment, on human culture.
- 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

I Release Myself From All Guilt.
I forgive myself for judging me guilty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Drop guilt! - because to be guilty is to live in hell.
Not being guilty, you will have the freshness
of dewdrops in the early morning sun,
you will have the freshness of lotus petals in the lake,
you will have the freshness of the stars in the night.
Once guilt disappears you will have
a totally different kind of life, luminous and radiant.
You will have a dance to your feet
and your heart will be singing a thousand and one songs.
- Osho

A guilty conscience needs to confess.
A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus

The Peace Corps is guilty of enthusiasm and a crusading spirit.
But we're not apologetic about it.
- Sargent Shriver

It is more dangerous that even
a guilty person should be punished
without the forms of law
than that he should escape.
- Thomas Jefferson

Why should the composer be more guilty than the poet
who warms to fantasy by a strange flame,
making an idea that inspires him the subject of his
own very different treatment?
- Franz Schubert

Parks said, he's guilty and that's the end of the story.
- Tommy Bond


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