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Arthur Erickson quotes

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

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

Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within.

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

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.

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

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

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Does an architecture to assuage the spirit have a place?

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