Plato for Plumbers
We shape our buildings;
thereafter they shape us.
— Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the UK
To be an engineer and nothing but an engineer means to be potentially everything and actually nothing.
— José Ortega y Gasset, Philosopher
Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us.
— Barack Obama, President of the United States
If you want to see what a society really believes in, look at what the biggest buildings on the horizon are dedicated to.
— Joseph Campbell, Author and Mythologist
Our role is not to use technology to elevate ourselves above nature, but to elevate the human experience within the context of a natural world.
— Jason McLennan, Founder of the Living Building Challenge
Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours.
— Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist
Civilization is a vast machine invented by the human mind to regulate its states. We are ever in the process of creating and repairing a world that our minds want to be in.
— Sam Harris, Philosopher and Neuroscientist