A great Banham quotation

"…as architects edge temerously along the margin of the scientific disciplines and never quite put a foot over into the other camp…  It appears always possible that at any unpredictable moment the unorganized hordes of uncoordinated specialists could flood over into the architects' preserves and, ignorant of the lore of the operation, create an Other Architecture by chance, as it were, out of apparent intelligence and the task of creating fit environments for human activities."
                                        ---Reyner Banham, "Stocktaking" Architectural Review (February 1960)

And a note: "the lore of the operation" is not a toss-off line for Banham here.  The meaning and importance of that concept is discussed at length in the article.

Previously: Reyner Banham on Solar Heating; Reyner Banham's Unwarranted Apology