Leonardo Ricci, on the responsibility of architects

“In the everyday world, if I steal a dollar from no matter whom, the cops can get after me and lock me up.  For a dollar.  But as an architect, I can build an ugly house, in which people live miserably like rats, yet the police cannot arrest me.  This means that I may steal the possibility of existing without being condemned.  At least on this earth.  Perhaps God or a delegate of His will do it afterwards.  But for the time being, a child born in this house is going to be deprived of vital experiences:  he will not see grass or butterflies, not even sun and moon, and I’ll get away with it.  What a shame!”

– Leonardo Ricci, Anonymous (20th Century)



2 thoughts on “Leonardo Ricci, on the responsibility of architects

  1. Leo was my teacher when I was a student of Architecture in Florence, in Sixties; then he was a friend, with his wife Pucci, and his son Andrea: we have worked at two important masterplans in Sardinia, and other things…
    Ricci lives

  2. I studied with him in he late sixties in Firenze, it was part of my Graduate Degree from The Pratt Institute. His wisdom is still a part of my approach to Urban Design and Architecture.

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