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Searching for excellence: Ballingdon Bridge

Medium: journal article
Language(s): English
Published in: arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, , n. 3-4, v. 11
Page(s): 210-222
DOI: 10.1017/s1359135500000713

The act of making links hand and eye, and connects the intellect to physical change. A sculptor carving stone requires precision of thought before deploying manual dexterity. The challenge for an architect until the recent past has been to communicate such thoughtfulness, embodied in a design, to the people who will make the building and its component parts. Making architecture and the pursuit of excellence in the physical delivery of quality in built projects is a challenging and collaborative process [2]. It is not possible to legislate for excellence, however it is possible to create contexts in which high-quality architecture is probable. By comparison, John Ruskin inThe Seven Lamps of Architecture(1849) set his aspirations low: ‘We may not be able to command good, or beautiful, or inventive architecture, but wecancommand an honest architecture’.

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