Thursday, 18 March 2004

Quotes from Lewis Mumford (1895 - 1990) - US architect & sociologist

The final test of an economic system is not the tons of iron, the tanks of oil, or the miles of textiles it produces: The final test lies in its ultimate products – the sort of men and women it nurtures and the order and beauty and sanity of their communities.

Modern Man is the victim of the very instruments he values most. Every gain in power, every mastery of natural forces, every scientific addition to knowledge, has proved potentially dangerous, because it has not been accompanied by equal gains in self-understanding and self-discipline.

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.

Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.

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funny how coincidental this is.. was just pondering on the urbanscape and artificial, concrete jungle surrounding me as I was coming home today and i stumbled upon quotes by this famous urban planner minutes ago.. umm..

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