Architecture: John Ruskin


When we build, let us think that we build for ever.

John Ruskin

Seven Lamps of Architecture: The Lamp of Memory, chapter 10

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Ruskin is on to something here, but perhaps the verb should be ‘feel’, rather than ‘think’? Everyone knows that moth and rust do corrupt and nothing physical lasts for ever. But most of us need to feel that whatever it is we are working on will outlast our own lives and be of some value to at least the next generation if not the next millennium.


About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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