"I believe that good architecture should reflect a holistic appreciation of reality. Reality, it is held, has a hierarchy of awarness levels within which there exists both outer and inner dimensions. The outer (ecological) dimension relates to a finite world of limited energy-income from the sun, of fixed energy reserves. The inner, (cultural) dimension relates to human kind, who have an infinite, hidden reseve 0f energy --the spirit-- that can often transcend the limited context of this phenomenal world."
Nader Ardalan Contemporary Architects, 1987, p. 44.
Ardalan, Nader. "Introduction to Urban Design and Architecture in Egypt and Bilad Al-Shem". 2004. In Architecture Re-introduced: New Projects in Societies in Change. Jamal Abed (ed). Geneva: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Regional seminar organised by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture held in the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut in November 1999.