“Human sensibility, which may be seriously blunted by monotonous overstimulation, may also be blunted if it is exercised exclusively in an environment of calculated and automatically controlled physical comfort.”
Toward a New Architecture of Humanism - community & privacy
By Serge Chermayeff & Christopher Alexander, Penguin Books 1966
“All houses are dwellings; but all dwellings are not houses. To dwell is to make one’s abode: to live in, or at, or on, or about a place. For many people this implies a permanent structure, for some it means temporary accommodation, while for others it is simply where they live, even if there is little evidence of a building… But the dwelling is more than the structure, as the soul is more than the body that envelops it. For countless millions of people the bond between themselves and the place where they live transcends the physical frame of their habitation."
Dwellings: The Vernacular House Worldwide
By Paul Oliver, Phaidon 2003
“In his essay 'Building, Dwelling, Thinking', Heidegger points out that the German word for building, bauen, comes from the Old German word buan, which means to dwell, to remain, to stay in one place. To build is to make a place in which to dwell. And the first act of building, according to Heidegger, is the making of a clearing in the forest in which building and dwelling alike will be 'revealed'."
The Prefabricated Home, by Colin Davies, Reaktion 2005
"Permanence comes in the structures of the city, but death comes with it… The permanence of stone and brick, which enables them to defy time, causes them also ultimately to defy life."
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