friday afternoon…

Image…and I’m plowing through Nervi’s rare but vital 1945 book, Scienza o Arte del Costruire?  And early on, he lays this down:

“Architectural work must therefore correspond to multiple constraints and requirements that can be grouped in the three major cateogries of statics, functionality, and economics. The satisfaction of these constraints in line with the fundamental aesthetic idea or, rather, turning these constraints into terms of speech and expressive means, constitutes the real essence of the problem and one of the major sources of the incomparable loftiness and difficulty of architecture.”

I  think I’m done for the day because I can’t imagine adding anything to that.  “The incomparable loftiness and difficulty of architecture?”  Perfetto.

(my own translation, so take this with a  huge grain of salt).