“Architecture’s horoscope today is such that my words becomenegative and that isn’t pleasant. Parallelopipeds of glass andsynthetic materials, the inhuman dandy-purism of the big cities, hasled irrevocably to a fashionable architecture, which is a dead end”.Alvar Aalto, 1958
“[…] Metaphor is pervasive ineveryday life, not just inlanguage but in thought andaction. Our ordinary conceptualsystems, in terms of which weboth think and act, arefundamentally metaphorical innature”.George LakoffMark Johnson
“Metaphor is primarily a form ofcognition rather than a trope or figureof speech. Further, metaphor as acognitive tool can operateunconsciously, so that a metaphoricprocess is one aspect of theunconscious mind”.Arnold H. Modell
“All of man’s troubles may well arise,as Vercors (Jean Bruller) suggested inYou Shall Know Them, from the factthat we do not know what we are anddo not agree on what we want tobecome”.Edward O. Wilson
“Art [is] an extension of the functions of thevisual brain in its search for essentials”. ●“Most painters are also neurologists […] theyare those who have experimented upon and,without ever realising it, understoodsomething about the organization of thevisual brain, though with techniques that areunique to them”.Semir Zeki
HUMAN HISTORICITY AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEAUTY
“Man is an aesthetic being before becoming an ethical being”.“Believe it or not, the purpose of evolution is beauty”.Joseph Brodsky, Nobel Laureate Poet
“My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful; but when Ihad to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful”.Hermann Weyl, mathematician who perfected the quantum andrelativity theory.