lunedì 9 aprile 2018


Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise

Benjamin Franklin, Tools of Titans, T. Ferriss

mercoledì 4 aprile 2018


gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed saepe cadendo
(A drop of water hollows a stone not by force but by continually dripping)

Energy and Civilization. A History, V. Smil
The MIT Press, p.1

giovedì 29 marzo 2018


Vivi con quelli che possono renderti migliore e che tu puoi rendere migliori.
C’è un vantaggio reciproco, perché gli uomini, mentre insegnano, imparano.

lunedì 26 marzo 2018

combined team

The fact that the competition was won by a combined team of engineers and architects, and also designed and implemented by that team, has never been fully understood and recognised by the public and the press, especially the architectural press who apparently cannot conceive that engineers can play any creative part in a project and that engineering is an art form, aiming at synthesis and only making use of scientific analysis and knowledge as tools.

Povl Ahm about Centre Pompidou, Ove Arup, P.Jones,
Yale University Press, p.299

martedì 20 marzo 2018

core ideas

1. design and construction are interdependent and must be adjusted to one another;

2. simplicity of design makes economic and aesthetic sense;

3. two parallel brick walls covered with reinforced concrete slab don't provide a good shelter against blast;

4. when many cooks make a dish, they had better agree amongst themselves about the receipe;

5. sto start thinking about the cost of what you are designing after you have designed it, is a bit late;

6. it is a waste of time to base exact calculations on rough assumptions, or a strong building on weak foundations, or in general to pursue the means without defining the ends.

Ove Arup, P.Jones,
Yale University Press, p.291-292