Excerpt from a Letter by Liang Sicheng

In 1931, Liang Sicheng writes to the first class of architecture students to graduate in China:

In China today most people in society have no understanding of what architecture is. They either think that architecture is about bricks and mortar and therefore civil engineering or about carved beams and painted rafters and therefore fine art. They do not realize the true significance of architecture, which demands that something is fit for purpose, solid and beautiful.*

Certainly, this holds true still today, and for most parts of this world – not only China.

* Transcribed from the third part of the documentary: Journeys in Time: Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin by Hu Jincao 

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