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The cell is a city of production centres, each part working away like mad, and it’s co-ordinated. Six trillion cells in a body – you…
Pick up a sunflower and count the florets running into its centre, or count the spiral scales of a pine cone or a pineapple, running…
Mies van der Rohe’s architecture and modern architecture in general suffered from not only being repetitive, but not explaining to the populous what the different…
I’d been to Stourhead and was inspired by the perfect parity between architecture and art; in fact, the architecture is the art. I wrote a…
I was already writing about the idea of a ‘multiverse’ in the 1970s, though I might have called it the ‘pluriverse.’ How was I to…
The singular point of beautiful objects, and people, is that they are experienced not as parts, or ratios between cheekbones and chin, but as wholes.…
Like our attitude to love, truth and goodness, we seem to be confident about knowing what beauty is – certain, even dogmatic – until we…
What is the most interesting thing to people? Other people.
It’s a mark of any icon that it should be open to iconoclasm.
I’ve been a lucky man. I’ve only faced one real tragedy: the death of my wife, Maggie, from cancer in 1995.
Europe has been in my bones.
I think any cancer patient, if you dig not too deeply, they want to live.
A placebo is a phony cure that works. This is very hard for the medical profession to get their teeth around because they hate placebos,…
If you can’t take the kitsch, get out of the kitchen.
Beautiful people are always with us, as evolutionary psychologists and a trip to the news-stand confirm.
The rule seems to be that there are no absolutes, that what is rare is prized. Thus, in times of relative affluence, thin models become…
If you look at Gothic detailing right down to the bottom of a column or the capital of a column, it’s a small version of…
A sign to me is a one-liner, a symbol is very complex and my house is a series of symbols.
You know, Darwin said through natural selection things go gradually, and he was talking about pigeon’s evolution or horses evolving, getting faster. But in fact…
Science is a victim of its own reductive metaphors: ‘Big Bang,’ ‘selfish gene’ and so on. Richard Dawkins’ selfish gene fitted with the Thatcherite politics…
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