Architecture is my delight, and putting up,
pulling down, one of my favorite amusements.
— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
as told to Margaret Bayard Smith, 1824
“You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials—you build houses and palaces: that is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, by the use of inert materials and starting from conditions more or less utilitarian you have established certain relationships which have aroused my emotions. This is architecture. Looking patiently at the Parthenon permits both the visualization and the intuition of its proportional system, which induces a strong sense of equanimity and of the structures rightness.”[i]
i] Elsen, Albert E. Purposes of Art. New York: Holt. 1981, page 61.
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