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Architecture and Urban Planning - A Memoir \ David Best
III 1970 - 1980
 Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality.  But of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to escape from these things." The Dutch architect Dudok, who had a great influence on my ideas in a more direct way and specifically with regard to architecture, had written: "The fact that the technique of construction allows us unlimited freedom, has more than once given rise to forms which seem rather to be applied because they have never occurred before than to give a suggestive expression to the building.  What just now I understood by architecture - the serious game of space - there are many 'modern buildings' to which this statement cannot be applied: there is much that has nothing to do with art.  Even famous colleagues sometimes disappoint me when I think I see in their work new stunts, as the French say: 'pour epater le bourgeois.'  Especially celebrities must have strong characters to avoid this, but to build to amaze the world is certainly not a contribution to a worthy development.  In every one of us, there lives the hope of originality.  However only he is original who comes in the most natural way to simple solutions with unlooked-for new forms."  Both these quotations warn against demonstrative architectural gestures abstractly imposed on a site, rather than an organic approach to design in the spirit of the place, with an intimation of the desirable life which will eventually take place within the buildings themselves and the spaces between them. 


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