Man had some serious opinions about housing:
"The nationalist way of thinking has brought us, in this century, an ephemeral higher, American standard of living at the expense of nature and creation."
"An uneven floor is a melody to the feet."
"Our modern buildings are detached and pitiable compromise by men of bad conscience who work with straight edged rulers."
"No restraint should be imposed on the individual's desire to construct. Each person should be allowed to build (and ought to build) and would be truly responsible for the four walls within which he lives. There is a certain risk that such a fantastic sort of amateur construction might collapse, but we should not be afraid of the human sacrifice that this new style of construction might engender.
It is the only way to stop the process in which human beings move into their quarters like chickens into their coops..."
" We will be able to speak of architecture only when architect, mason and tenant are a unity, which in practical terms means having one person assume all three functions."
"Man has to regain his critical creative function, without which he ceases to exist as a human being."
"Today we live in a chaos of straight lines. If you do not believe this take the trouble to count the straight lines which surround you. And then you will understand, for it is a never-ending task."
"The straight line is not a creative line, but simply a reproductive line. In it there live not God and human spirit, but a mass created, brainless ant addicted to comfort."
"The straight line represents a panic to stay in fashion."
"If a structure is intended to house people, the discontinuation of construction prior to habitation must be seen as an unnatural sterilisation of the growing process and as such should be punished as criminal transgression."
"Architectural pre-planning of homes is currently highly praised, but it's actually little more than planned mass murder by pre-meditated sterilisation."
"We have become impotent. We are no longer able to create. That is our real illiteracy."
"Safesurfer is that guy we all know: you overhear him with some girl saying "I'm not like the others, darling. Don't you trust me?" like HIV ain't never coming down."
- Julian Cope
- Julian Cope