This journal post is in response to an earlier post entitled Quote Yourself. A workshop member, client, and dear friend challenged our constant use and reliance upon quoting giants. My initial response was that by using quotes, enables me to justify what I am trying to understand and say about architecture and the world. It gives what I am trying to say an increased credence. Using my own quotes, seems arrogant and too self-assured and I don't feel as if I know enough about architecture and the world to quote myself yet. But recently as a practice we are gaining some industry credence and momentum and press and industry people have been giving us praise. Should this now mean I should quote myself more? There is a thin line between arrogance and assured confidence. I only feel I can quote myself when I have achieved my goals through architecture and writing. Following the conversation with this friend, I booked a writing trip to Sicily for the month of August 2017. The goal is to quote myself more through the first Workshop book about the first 6 years in praxis.
"Making architecture is nothing but the whereabouts of fleshy materials in a territory following a given set of rules and regulations, an ambition, humility, and an absolute comprehension of natural light." Me