Notebook

“The problem of architecture as I see it,” he told a journalist who had come to report on the progress of his surprising creation of ferro-concrete and aluminium, “is the problem of all art — the elimination of the human element from the consideration of form. The only perfect building must be the factory, because that is built to house machines, not men. I do not think it is possible for domestic architecture to be beautiful, but I am doing my best…”

“Peer’s Sister-in-Law Mansion Builder on Future of Architecture,” thought the journalist happily. “Will machines live in houses? Amazing forecast of Professor-Archtect.”

Professor Silenus watched the reporter disappear down the drive and then, taking a biscuit from his pocket, began to munch.

“I suppose there ought to be a staircase,” he said gloomily. “Why can’t the creatures stay in one place? Up and down, in and out, round and round! Why can’t they sit still and work? Do dynamoes require staircases?”

Evelyn Waugh, “Decline and Fall”.

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