Friday, January 25, 2008

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most famous American [building] architects of all time, worked on over 500 structures and left a few notes of wisdom for us to consider. While the comparison between software and building architecture breaks down pretty quickly, the quotes below apply to both disciplines.

  1. A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.
  2. All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.
  3. An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
  4. Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
  5. Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
  6. Get the habit of analysis - analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.
  7. Less is only more where more is no good.
  8. The architect must be a prophet... a prophet in the true sense of the term... if he can't see at least ten years ahead don't call him an architect.
  9. The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.
  10. The truth is more important than the facts.
  11. "Think simple" as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.

Constantin K.
Firebrand Architect™

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