2006.02.19 17:01 | architecture, finland, helsinki

a wonderful quote from eliel saarinen in 1931.

“we are confronted with a thick wall through which we have to force a way. this wall is composed of inertia on the part of bystanders; their inability to comprehend necessities of town planning derives from the evolution of the city. the same inertia is often a mere prop for officialdom in its state of suspended slumber”

“far sightedness is not synonymous with foolhardiness, rather. . .the ability to raise oneself above routine to a higher plane, to understand evolution and act accordingly. farsightedness is akin to having artistic imagination, while remaining firmly rooted in reality”.

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