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Firmitas, utilitas, venusitas (Firmness, usefulness, delight)
MARCUS VITRUVIUS [22 BC],DE ARCHITECTURA
Style is the dress of thought, and a well-dressed thought, like a well-dressed man, appears to great advantage.
LORD CHESTERFIELD , LETTER CCXL, 361
Vitruvius famously asserted that a good building architecture achieves “firmness, usefulness, and delight.”1 Delight is equal with firmness and usefulness, although from a purely utilitarian point of view firmness and usefulness ...