“The good God is in the details” / “Le bon Dieu est dans le détail”

-Gustave Flaubert (Born, Rouen, France, 12, December 1821 – Died Croisset [Canteleu], Rouen, France, 8 May 1880, aged 58)


“God is in the detail”

“The devil is in the detail”

– Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (Born, Aachen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire, 27 March 1886 – died, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 17 August 1969, aged 83)




Mies Van Der Rohe & Le Corbusier 



“The materials of city planning are sky, space, trees, steel and cement; in that order and that hierarchy”

“You don’t start a revolution by fighting the state but by presenting the solutions”

“The city of Chandigarh is planned to human scale. It puts us in touch with the infinite cosmos and nature”

“The ‘styles’ are a lie”

-Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) (Born, a Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, 6 October 1887 – died Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, 27 August 1965, aged 77)




“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colors and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.”

Banksy (timeless)



“Governing is in the details”

“The truth, if it exists, is in the details”

– anonymous / John Barlett, ‘Familiar Quotations’ (Born, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, 14 June 1820 – Died, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 3 December 1905, aged 85 )




 “We need new lands, we need new landscapes, together with new cities, we need new structure’

– Dieter Rams (Born 20 May 1932
Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany)




“Nations have their ego, just like individuals” 

– James Joyce (Born Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland, 2 February 1882 – Died, Zurich, Switzerland, 13 January 1941, age 58)


“If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable  reference to the devil in the House of Commons”

“To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war”

“In nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Winston Churchhill (Born Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England 30 November 1874 – Died Kensington, London, England, 24 January 1965)


“That’s just tragic, that you can spend four years of your life studying the design of three-dimensional objects and not make one.” [On the state of design education in the UK]

“If you expect me to buy something where all I can sense is carelessness, actually I think that is personally offensive. It’s offensive culturally because it shows a disregard for our fellow human.” 

“The sad thing is that so much of what we’re surrounded by in the physical world that is a product of manufacture, so much of it testifies to carelessness. The one good thing about that is if you do care it is really conspicuous.”

– Sir Jonathan Ives (Born, Chingford, London, England, 27 February 1967)



“Leave it better than you found it”

 – Tim Cook (Born Mobile, Alabama, United States, 1 November 1960)




“You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul”

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”

George Bernard Shaw



“Accents are a social identity; we tend to prefer accents we are familiar with. Accents are a point of connection. This happens subconsciously, and it’s extremely difficult to change your accent on purpose”

Jessica Furseth, Writer, London, England



“let go, let fly, forget” – the heaney 



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