American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Vitruvius In full Marcus Vitruvius Pollio. fl. first century B.C. Roman architect and writer. His De Architectura is the only surviving text on ancient architectural theory.
“I have procured for you a copy of Polybius, the best edition; but the best edition of Vitruvius, which is with the commentaries of Ticinus, is not to be got here.”
“I have procured for you a copy of Polybius, the best edition; but the best edition of Vitruvius which is with the commentaries of Ficinus, is not to be got here.”
“Not only that, but he did sectionals of the Palace as it must have been, comparison drawings of the ruins all around him and what they must have looked like originally, and a complete floor-plan of the Palace as it was in his own time and as it likely was when it was brand-new (based, in part, on his own studies in Rome, where he read all the ancient architectural writers such as Vitruvius and Pliny the Younger).”
“A mountain, by which it is commanded, and, if I may so speak, surrounded, shelters it from the south and west winds; in a word, the situation is such as Vitruvius particularly recommends as the most healthy; tho theatre is also constructed in such a manner as to render it very sonorous; a man, placed in the concavity of the mountain, easily makes himself heard by persons at the opposite extremity, and the sound instead of diminishing seems to increase.”
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“The Augustan architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio is regarded today more as a figurehead father of architecture than someone whose views on houses belong in the pages of Dwell or Wallpaper, but there is something terribly obvious about his three general precepts in De Architectura that have held true over two thousand years: that an architect-designed building must have integrity of structure, a responsibility to function, and the added delight of beauty.”
“Jessica is quoting Marcus Vitruvius Pollio from 1C, BC who said, architecture aspires to “firmitas, utilitas, venustas.””
“On the one hand, this gave the profession enough self-doubt to allow some of its brighter sons to start noodling around with the past, and to discover it was a fine thing; on the other hand, it gave us Frank Gehry, that dealer in flashy junk heaps, a sort of superficial Dinocretes writ larger than Vitruvius could have ever imagined.”
“In my own mind, the best architects always have a bit of both the practical, conservative Vitruvius and the extravagant dreamer Dinocrates.”
“Traditional architecture -- whether classic or Gothic, Romanesque or Roman -- has always had room for both Vitruvius and Dinocrates.”
“The ancient Roman architectural writer Vitruvius could be, at times, a bit of a gloomy Gus -- or Augustus -- whose back-to-basics canons don't always match up with the occasional, agreeable messiness of later Roman classicism, but in retelling this story he did have a point.”
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