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  • Blue Cloud, Peter. Mohawk. Through Indian Eyes, edited and published by Reader's Digest Association. 1996.
    "Will you ever begin to understand the meaning of the very soil beneath your feet? From a grain of sand to a great mountain, all is sacred. Yesterday and tomorrow exist eternally upon this continent. We natives are guardians of this sacred place."
  • Bacon, Francis, in Essays.
    "Houses are built to live in, not to look at."
  • Churchill, Winston. Churchill used this statement twice, first in 1924 at the English Architectural Association, then in 1943 upon the occasion of requesting that the bombed-out Parliament be rebuilt exactly as before. The first time he said, "There is no doubt whatever about the influence of architecture and structure upon human character and action. We make our buildings and afterwards they make us. They regulate the course of our lives."
    "We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us."
  • Erickson, Arthur, from the The Architecture of Arthur Erickson, Tundra Books of Montreal. 1975.
    "Architecture, in spite of the seeming permanence of its structures, is really no less fleeting than any other human gesture. The idea that had motivated some work of architecture may linger for a time, but for the people who inhabit it and transform it according to their needs, it is always in a state of transition."
  • Mumford, Lewis, from the The Lewis Mumford Reader, edited by Donald L. Miller, University of Georgia Press, 1995.
    "If a man is created, as the legends say, in the image of the gods, his buildings are done in the image of his own mind and institutions"
  • Rapaport, Amos, Human Aspects of Urban Form, Pergamon Press Inc.,New York. 1977.
    "If the design of the environment is seen as a process of encoding information, then the users can be seen as decoding it. If the code is not shared, not understood or inappropriate, the environment does not communicate."

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