||When you discuss
your own work you have to ask yourself what you acquired from whom. Because
everything you find comes from somewhere. The source was not your own mind,
but was supplied by the culture you belong to... Architects are in the habit
of concealing their sources of inspiration and even of trying to sublimate
them - as if that would ever be possible. But in so doing the design-process
gets clouded, while by disclosing what moved and stimulated you in the first
place may well succeed in explaining yourself and motivating your decisions.
The capacity to find a fundamentally different solution to a problem, i.e.
to create a different 'mechanism', depends entirely on the wealth of your
experience, just as a person's expressive potential in terms of language
cannot transcend that which is expressible with his vocabulary.
Herman Hertzberger - foreword in Lessons
for students in architecture, 1991 - ISBN 90-6450-100-9.