fundamentals | take a position

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

King, M.L. (1986) A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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excerpt | Nelson Mandela

I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

Mandela, N. (1994) Long Walk to Freedom

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excerpt | like a good society

the first thing which taut identified in katsura was that anonymous quality he had always considered the essence of good architecture. he was convinced that the work of a great artist shod transcend subjectivity and the vanity of self-expression. in this spirit, gazing at the villa he exclaimed, " not an individualistic building, everything seems egalitarean." at katsura, taut actually found the ideas for a new architecture that he had already applied in his working-class housing estate in berlin, designed in the twenties. 

an architectural work is anonymous to the extent that the architect's hand cannot be identified and it is impossible to attribute it to the "style" typical of a period. for his reason taut also rejected formalism: on his principles architecture was supposed to be freed from the shackles of the historical styles as well as contemporary "modernism". architecture - so taut declared in die neue baukunst - will be made to participate in the "new order of our existence", freed from all social constraints. 

already in 1929, as the result of this vision, taut set himself the objective of "achieving an authentic freedom in the elements of architecture... freedom for the individual elements means that all of them cooperate in a perfectly equal way, so effacing any hierarchy of higher and lower, since the indispensability of the individual components is immediately obvious."

taut expressed these ideas in his album devoted to katsura. on sheet 12, next to the plan of the old shoin with the moon-viewing platform and the garden with its stone pathways that intersect diagonally, taut wrote, "why is it that no line of the house is continued into the garden? because each element - house, water, landing stage, tree, stone - has an independent life. it only seeks good relationships - like a good society."

Speidel, M (2004) bruno taut and the katsura villa

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excerpt | Vers le Blanc Infini
arp, j (1960)

arp, j (1960)

Tu ouvrais calmement la porte.
Tu faisais une petite révérence en souriant.
Tu accueillais en souriant l'ombre comme la lumière.
Sans effroi tu saluais la vie démontée furieuse.
Consternée devant ta sérénité
elle devenait un miroir sans défaut
qui reflétait docilement ta pure image.
Sans effroi tu saluais les heures rusées
le masque d'os á la visière de neige
les étoiles de plomb
les étoiles de la mort.


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Fundamentals | Albert Einstein

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.
Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

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