August 27, 2011, Washington, DC: This is one of those days when we are reminded of the most basic reason to appreciate our homes. During a natural disaster like an earthquake or a hurricane (or this time both in the same week), we are reminded that it’s a luxury to spend time discussing the “extras” and instead return to the most fundamental reason to love where we live. We are gently, or sometimes jarringly, reminded to first and foremost cherish home because it is a roof over our heads. It keeps us dry. It gives us shelter.
With Hurricane Irene picking up speed outside, some thoughts on shelter…
“All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.”
“Not a word was spoke between us there was little risk involved, Everything up to that point had been left unresolved, Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm, “Come in” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”.
-Bob Dylan, Shelter From The Storm
“John Ruskin proposed that we seek two things of our buildings. We want them to shelter us. And we want them to speak to us — to speak to us of whatever we find important and need to be reminded of.”
-The Architecture of Happiness Alain de Bottom
What are your favorite quotes about shelter? Leave them in the comments below.