What we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty….

“I like the thought that what we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty, so that oncoming generations can look back to the shapes we leave here and get the same thrill that I get in looking back at theirs — at the Parthenon, at Chartres Cathedral.”
— Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson designed America.

Or, at least modern America.

As an architect, he was most known for his glass houses and skyscrapers. He didn’t design anything anyone could fathom living in today, he designed what HE wanted to live in. And he did.

What is extraordinary about Philip Johnson, however, isn’t his design skills. Read more.

She is more famous than I am.

“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.”
— Gustave Eiffel

I found this quote by Gustave Eiffel today. If you didn’t already know or guess, Gustave Eiffel was the architect behind the Eiffel Tower, which was built in 1887–89.

Despite my love for the Eiffel Tower, something doesn’t sit right with me when I think about this quote. Read More.