“How do we want to live and work? What does culture mean in a city? What is the value of art? What space does art need? What does art even want? And design? Is it possible to have a dialogue between art and business in which both are equals? How can the creative potential of art and culture be effectively and sustainably applied to the future of a city? How can wealth generate not only value but also create space to maneuver? When does creative work receive the appreciation that its image suggests? What questions are on our minds?”
“It’s not a coincidence that electrons spinning around an atomic nucleus and planets going around a star, and star clusters orbiting around the gravitational centre of a galaxy… it’s no coincidence that these systems exhibit the same kind of order on different scales. And yet science would say that is a coincidence.”
“All men dream; but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty
recesses of their minds
Awake to find that it was vanity;
But the dreamers of day are dangerous men.
That they may act their dreams with open
eyes to make it possible.”
T. E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia)
“In our world of ingrained literacy, thinking and writing seem scarcely related activities. We can imagine the latter depending on the former, but surely not the other way around: everyone thinks, whether or not they write. But Havelock was right. The written word – the persistent word – was a prerequisite for conscious thought as we understand it.”
“Machines are for answers; humans are for questions.
The world that Google is constructing—a world of cheap and free answers—having answers is not going to be very significant or important. Having a really great question will be where all the value is.”
“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.”
George Bernard Shaw
“the megalomaniac pleasure of creation … produces a type of elation which cannot be compared with that experienced by other mortals.”
“Dare to be naïve.”