Quote of the day

The first principle of architectural beauty is that the essential lines of a construction be determined by a perfect appropriateness to its use. –  Gustave Eiffel who was born on this day in 1832.

He also said:

Can one think that because we are engineers, beauty does not preoccupy us or that we do not try to build beautiful, as well as solid and long lasting structures? Aren’t the genuine functions of strength always in keeping with unwritten conditions of harmony? … Besides, there is an attraction, a special charm in the colossal to which ordinary theories of art do not apply.

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3 Responses to Quote of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    Some of the most beautiful things ever created by mankind are the engineering marvels

    Like the Forth Bridge which has carried trains for over 125 years – amazing!

    Or these babies the Maersk Triple Es that mean that the transportation cost component of our $1000 cell phones is less than 10 cents – not that the Triple Es come to NZ, they are too big for our ports

  2. Andrei says:

    You know what is really sad is that the descendants of the men who built the Forth Bridge and the great ships of 100 years ago cannot build the Triple Es –

    They were built in South Korea, 20 of them while the ship yards on the Clyde have fallen into decay and there is chronic unemployment in the region

    There is something very wrong here

  3. Will says:

    That was great Andrei. Something IS wrong. Many can sense it. It’s as if our leaders have lost confidence. They seem to have no belief in us, their people, anymore. We have fewer children and we educate them poorly, we seem scared of everything. Is it too late to turn this trend around and find ourselves as a great civilisation again?

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