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Ernest Flagg

Fecha de nacimiento: 6. Febrero 1857
Fecha de muerte: 10. Abril 1947

Ernest Flagg era arquitecto estadounidense.

Frases Ernest Flagg

„In the human form, as nature tries to make it, every feature is useful and every feature is beautiful. Each member is perfectly adapted to the function it has to perform; nothing is superfluous“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: In the human form, as nature tries to make it, every feature is useful and every feature is beautiful. Each member is perfectly adapted to the function it has to perform; nothing is superfluous, yet the whole and every part is supremely decorative.<!-- Introduction

„The Greeks designed by a modulus of fixed measure“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: The Greeks designed by a modulus of fixed measure, and that modulus, for the Doric order, was the distance between centers of the triglyphs.... The triglyphs stand in the frieze, at the corners of the building and at regular intervals at all sides of it; between then are panels, called metopæ, which are always square. The distance between the triglyphs, therefore, determines the height of the frieze. The height of the frieze determines that of the architrave, which is the same. The distance between the triglyphs also determines the spacing of the columns, for except at the corners of the building the center of each column coincides with that of every second triglyph. Upon the spacing of the triglyphs, therefore, depend absolutely the proportions of plan and order. That spacing constitutes a fixed modulus for the entire design which never varies in its application and is, in fact, the harmonic scale of the monument.<!--Ch. II

„Imagination may be called the dynamic force in art.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: Imagination... implies originality. It results in a reflection... of the working mind of the designer.... Imagination may be called the dynamic force in art.... It is the quality which distinguishes the artistic from the photographic representation of nature.

„Beauty alone is an excellent reason for many things, but when a design is in direct conflict with common sense it cannot be a work of art.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: Reason... to suppose any production, worthy to be called a work of art, can be made without its use is foolish.... By the use of reason many mistakes in design may be avoided and many counterfeits of art readily detected.... Beauty alone is an excellent reason for many things, but when a design is in direct conflict with common sense it cannot be a work of art.

„Simplicity is the mark of genius.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: Simplicity and Dignity are so nearly related that they may be considered together.... A quiet air of reserved power is characteristic of dignity, and that is best obtained by simple means and the absence of apparent effort. Simplicity is the mark of genius. The giant in art does his work easily, without straining and without affectation; his ways are direct and to the point.

„Where civilization is slightly more advanced, low stone walls are built upon which the feet of the rafters rest.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: One of the most ancient and inexpensive ways of obtaining shelter, was to utilize the space under sloping roof rafters. Indian wigwams have no other kind. Where civilization is slightly more advanced, low stone walls are built upon which the feet of the rafters rest.<!--Ch. III

„The system of building, described in this work, is intended for repetition.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: The system of building, described in this work, is intended for repetition. It would hardly pay to adopt it in its entirety for a single house if the matter were to end there. Where the processes and apparatus is used, over and over again, great economy should result; but for a single building, the trouble and expense of introducing so many new or unusual features and methods, might well offset the benefits which should accrue under more favorable conditions. Standardization both of parts and workmanship plays a great part in the economies obtained and standardization implies quantity.<!--Ch. I

„With dignity and simplicity come repose“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: With dignity and simplicity come repose... the natural state of one at home in his surroundings and sure of his ground. Repose is a distinguished characteristic of Greek art.

„The ridge-dormers are placed in pairs, at the very apex of the roof. They are opened and closed only once a year“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: The ridge-dormers are placed in pairs, at the very apex of the roof. They are opened and closed only once a year—in the spring and fall respectively; and are so arranged that no rain can enter.... if the air in the room is warmer than the outer air, it must rise and escape through the ridge-dormers.... If, during a heated spell, the lower windows and and doors are carefully kept shut, the air inside may be maintained several degrees cooler than the outer air.... the coolest air of the twenty-four hours will find its way through them, taking the place of the warmer air which escapes.... cooler air can be trapped in the house and held there during the day.... hot air, being lighter, does not descend into cool air.<!--Ch. III

„Disadvantages… can be entirely removed by… the ridge-dormer. By its use space in the roof, otherwise of little value, becomes the most desirable.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: Disadvantages... can be entirely removed by... the ridge-dormer. By its use space in the roof, otherwise of little value, becomes the most desirable. Instead of being gloomy, stuffy and hot, the dormers render it perfectly ventilated, light at all times, and cool in hot weather. In frame buildings, it is not so easy, because there must be tie beams... to withstand the thrust of the roof.... Where low stone walls are used... the strength of the walls is sufficient to withstand the thrust...<!--Ch. III

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„Where the processes and apparatus is used, over and over again, great economy should result“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: The system of building, described in this work, is intended for repetition. It would hardly pay to adopt it in its entirety for a single house if the matter were to end there. Where the processes and apparatus is used, over and over again, great economy should result; but for a single building, the trouble and expense of introducing so many new or unusual features and methods, might well offset the benefits which should accrue under more favorable conditions. Standardization both of parts and workmanship plays a great part in the economies obtained and standardization implies quantity.<!--Ch. I

„The best art, and the only art which will ever lead to great results, must have for its basis the interpretation of beauty in nature.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: The best art, and the only art which will ever lead to great results, must have for its basis the interpretation of beauty in nature.<!-- Introduction

„When, in architecture, one uses a fixed unit and combinations of it, to produce harmony, the effect should be most striking and apparent… as it is in music by the measured beat and in poetry by the cadence and rhythm.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: When, in architecture, one uses a fixed unit and combinations of it, to produce harmony, the effect should be most striking and apparent... as it is in music by the measured beat and in poetry by the cadence and rhythm.<!--Ch. II

„Clarity or Decision. …without it there is uncertainty, hesitation, obscurity, instability… incomparable with good art. The meaning and object of the design should be clear… it should be frank, as the French say.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: Clarity or Decision.... without it there is uncertainty, hesitation, obscurity, instability... incomparable with good art. The meaning and object of the design should be clear... it should be frank, as the French say.

„There have always seemed to the writer sound reasons for using the module system in architectural design.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: There have always seemed to the writer sound reasons for using the module system in architectural design.<!--Ch. II

„When one understands the principles of design“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: When one understands the principles of design, his taste will have something more solid as a basis than mere whim or fancy, which in the untutored is more likely to be bad than good. Acquainted with the rules of good design he will not accept articles made in defiance of them.

„One of the most ancient and inexpensive ways of obtaining shelter, was to utilize the space under sloping roof rafters.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: One of the most ancient and inexpensive ways of obtaining shelter, was to utilize the space under sloping roof rafters. Indian wigwams have no other kind. Where civilization is slightly more advanced, low stone walls are built upon which the feet of the rafters rest.<!--Ch. III

„One of the best ways to economize in building is to economize on ugliness.“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: One of the best ways to economize in building is to economize on ugliness.... Nothing can be greater service in avoiding ugliness than a knowledge of the principles of design.<!--Ch. XI

„Why can there not be a new art founded on the only principle which can produce great art—the principle that art is the interpretation or extraction of the essence of beauty in nature, and all else is secondary?“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: Why can there not be a new art founded on the only principle which can produce great art—the principle that art is the interpretation or extraction of the essence of beauty in nature, and all else is secondary?<!-- Introduction

„Low walls are much less expensive to build than high ones“

—  Ernest Flagg

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Contexto: Low walls are much less expensive to build than high ones... it is possible to use forms without the usual waste of lumber... when waste is avoided, forms greatly reduce the cost of stonework... much can be saved in the construction of foundations by methods described...<!-- Introduction

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