Quote Myself

15 May, 2017

"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

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.