The Ecomotive © is a resource on ecological motivations to beauty in our built environment, and on the purposeful embodiment of human intelligence in architectural design.
“The ontological function of the beautiful is to bridge the chasm between the ideal and the real.”— Hans-Georg Gadamer 1987, The Relevance of the Beautiful
“Aesthetic consideration conveys the interdependence of our sense of beauty and our intellectual understanding.”— Roger Scruton 1979, The Aesthetics of Architecture
“The painter who draws by practice and judgment of the eye without the use of reason is like the mirror that reproduces within itself all the objects which are set opposite to it, without knowledge of the same.”— Leonardo da Vinci
“The primary [spontaneous] imagination I hold to be the living power and prime agent of all human perception… The secondary [contemplative imagination] I consider as an echo of the former, coexisting with the conscious will, yet still identical with the primary in the kind of its agency, and differing only in degree, and in the mode of its operation [dissolve, diffuse, idealize, dissipate, unify]… Fancy, on the contrary, has no other counters to play with, but [ready-made] fixities and definites. The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory.”— S. T. Coleridge 1817
“There is no doubt that our attempt to use technology for generating images, musical works, texts, sculpture, film, installations, video compositions, etc., was encouraged by the Galilean approach, making us more aware of the relationship of technology to art-in particular, how and why artists choose materials and then apply processing techniques that can be aesthetically relevant in themselves.”— Philip Johnson 1954, The International Style, The Seven Crutches of Modern Architecture
“The purpose of analysis is insight, not numbers.” Arthur Geoffrion 1976, Interfaces 7 (1): 81-92
“The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.” R. W. Hamming 1962, Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers
This we know.
The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth.
This we know.
All things are connected like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand of it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
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