"Architecture, whether as a town or a building, is the reconciliation
of ourselves with the natural land. At the necessary juncture of culture and
place, architecture seeks not only the minimal ruin of the landscape but
something more difficult: a replacement of what was lost with something that
atones for the loss. In the best architecture, this replacement is through
an intensification of the place, where it emerges no worse for human
intervention, where culture’s shaping of the land to specific use results in
a heightening of beauty and presence. In these places we seem worthy of

From the essay "Replacement" by the architect W. G. Clark.