Extracts from Ruskin's book The Stones of Venice in which he examines architecture as a way of understanding the political economy, social structure and cultural framework of Britain and other countries he has experienced.
Ruskin is radical, humanitarian, visionary. His insight is profound and he champions freedom and creativity as the foundation of artistic work. He refuses to divorce aesthetics from ethics. I completely changed my view of buildings when I read this. In every made thing I now look for the maker's soul. I wish I could raise Ruskin from the dead to comment on architecture and design today.
"You must either make a tool of the creature, or a man of him. You cannot make both."