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Stephen Gardiner Quotes

French architecture always manages to combine the most magnificent underlying themes of architecture; like Roman design, it looks to the community.

Georgian architecture respected the scale of both the individual and the community.

Good buildings come from good people, ad all problems are solved by good design.

Houses mean a creation, something new, a shelter freed from the idea of a cave.

Human requirements are the inspiration for art.

In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and tortuous streets in spite of luxurious public buildings.

In Egypt, the living were subordinate to the dead.

In Japanese art, space assumed a dominant role and its position was strengthened by Zen concepts.

In Japanese houses the interior melts into the gardens of the outside world.

In the crowded and difficult conditions of a steep hillside, houses have had to struggle to establish their territory and to survive.

In the East there is a gap between the top of a wall and underside of a roof; it acts as a screen, and the Chinese were able to use it as they wished.

In the Scottish Orkneys, the little stone houses with their single large room and central hearth had an extraordinary range of built-in furniture.

It is hardly surprising that the Georgian domestic style emerges as the most remarkable in the world.

It is thought that the changeover from hunter to farmer was a slow, gradual process.

It was only from an inner calm that man was able to discover and shape calm surroundings.

Land is the secure ground of home, the sea is like life, the outside, the unknown.

Like flats of today, terraces of houses gained a certain anonymity from identical facades following identical floor plans and heights.

Of all the lessons most relevant to architecture today, Japanese flexibility is the greatest.

People like terra firma, and they should be allowed to walk where they wish.

Stonehenge was built possibly by the Minoans. It presents one of man's first attempts to order his view of the outside world.