“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!”
2 thoughts on “Leonardo Ricci, on the responsibility of architects”
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…
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.