Monday, February 1, 2010

Mies Quote

"Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins."

Do you think there is a link between the materials research we are currently doing and this quote from Mies?


  1. That depends on what your definition of carefully is. I am thinking architecture begins before you put two bricks together because how you go about doing that action depends on what drives your placement decisions.
    Architecture begins when you form the brick from the mud. Those choices, the clay, water content, means for cutting and drying, are as effective in manipulating experience as their assembly.
    Mies is late in the game.

  2. I like this quote, to me it talks about the considerations of design before applying it. and then after application we start to see how designs can develop.

    kevin - maybe we should be thinking about the definition of architecture? is it a building? or is it something else?

  3. architecture begins ahead than puting two bricks. There are multivariables which come to the starting point of architecture. First is the mind, the thinking process, and the decessions what to be done. Brick is the final product to come

  4. as a materials / mediums choices done to give the form

  5. peter, if we define architecture as something else, then would he be saying design begins when materials (any materials) are put together?
    maybe I'm taking the quote too literally and architecture begins with the assembly of stuff...


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