“The form of every city hall expresses the dominant local ideas of civic power and authority at the time it was built. All that is inside, also is outside [Was innen ist, ist außen], as Goethe observed of all forms.”
— Bayard Coll
"Art was not morally neutral but worked in the service of virtue… Ornament was not crime, but the addition of beauty and instruction to the satisfaction of material needs. Art began precisely where utility broke off. Form was not to follow function, but to transcend it. Any evidence of restraint, understatement, or, worst of all, parsimony, will subvert its intention."
— Donald Olsen, The City as a Work of Art
"Not utility, but cultural self-projection"
— Carl Schorske, Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
"The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity."
-- Lewis Mumford, The City in History
"My first thought about these colonial structures was to compare how their inhabitants saw and understood them with the way that ancient Britons saw and understood Roman senate houses, baths and temples. These structures stood as the vanguards of civilization from AD 43 when Claudius conquered Britain to AD 450 when the Romans pulled out their last two legions from the island. After the Roman exodus over the next couple of centuries, one by one the Roman buildings were torn down or left to ruination and were replaced by more traditional wooden edifices. I wondered whether the same will happen with the French structures as Europe’s influence will inevitably and continuously decline in these areas. But then it struck me that in our world modernity moves so swiftly, even in backward lands, that the tension felt between native culture and colonial intrusion will be far less felt and acted upon." -- Marvin Nathan