Author Scott M B Gustafson

Andrea Palladio Explained

The School of Life explains the architectural significance of Andrea Palladio in five minutes. When I was in architecture school, we had three semesters of architectural history. In my youthful naivety, I wasn’t interested in anything older that the 20th century so consequently my own knowledge of Palladio is woefully lacking.

The quote below comes from Jacques Sbriglio’s excellent book on the Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles by Le Corbusier. Without taking anything away from Palladio’s genius, the coordination headaches Corbu’s team faced 60 years ago and those we deal with today certainly make achieving beautiful architecture much more difficult. We gratefully accept the challenge.


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For Joseph Beuys


Für Joseph Beuys
Tag seines Todes –
Von Rebecca Horn

Als Gegebenheit
die ewige Wunde
sie schützen bedecken sie isolieren
den Tropfenfluß in einem selbstgewählten Pumpsystem bewahren
daraus die Energie gewinnen
sie leiten
die bläulich gewonnene Materie
in einen Kreislauf binden
und ihm in einem gegenläufigen Konzert
zum Tanz des Sternenregens folgen

For Joseph Beuys
The Day of his Death –
By Rebecca Horn

As a fact
the eternal wound
protecting covering isolating
collecting the drip flow in his chosen pump system
extracting the energy out of it
the bluely extracted matter
connecting into a circulation
following him into a concert in reverse
to the dance of showering stars


David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk, teacher, and author. He is the founder and senior advisor for A Network for Grateful Living. His notion of gratefulness as a state of being instead of a transitory response to positive situations is a manifesto for living a deeper life.