" Classical and Romantic. The classically disposed spirits no less than those romantically inclined -as these two species
always exist- carry a vision of the future: but the former out of the strength of their time: the latter out of weakness.
Friedrich Nietzsche, " The Wanderer and His Shadow "
Villa for Lord Rothschild in Corfu by Leon Krier (with Liam O'Connor)
" The Classical was never intended to represent things as they are...It was a proposal of what could be."
Center for Classical Studies, Nisyros, Greece
by Deupi Economakis Architects
For centuries classical architecture, due to its vernacular (archetypical) origins, was capable of conveying meaning to a
wide audience. What was that meaning? -It answered the elemental human question- what is our placement in the cosmos? Order
-the fundamental need for mankind to fathom and order his chaotic surrounds. Nature (taxis) -mastery of the persistent physical
laws of mechanics, a capacity to shelter oneself from the elements, using primarily structural relationships (tectonics),
a place of order between earth and sky.
Colonnade of the British Museum in London
Man, between God and Creation -a statement for the triumph of humanity over his surrounds- a place for him in the chaotic
scheme of things -a place of comprehension, a place approaching perfection. The universe remodeled on Human terms. A statement
of confidence about Humanity's place in the Cosmos, the use of His form, both literal (colum), and abstract (proportions)
-again an ordering of what is found, a place that answers with confidence the existential quandary -where does man fit in?
Emory University, Dining Hall
by Lewis " Buck " Crook, Atlanta