May 3, 2011

long-term thinking

Every human action gains in honour, in grace, in all true magnificence, by its regard to things that are to come ... Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever ... For, indeed, the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones, nor in its gold ... it is in that golden stain of time, that we are to look for the real light, and colour, and preciousness of architecture.
john ruskin, the seven lamps of architecture (the lamp of memory)

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