We dined on the terrace of the Auberge des Tilleuls, an old French farmhouse in Grambois, Provence.
Linden trees shaded its plaster walls and dappled the linen tablecloth with shadows.
This has returned much of London to its primary role as a place for people to exchange ideas, services and to share to a pint with friends.
One thing they have to celebrate is a civilized city.
A gesture like this would go unnoticed in an airplane hangar. There is a history of small buildings that have an influence greater than their size, for example: Thorncrown Chapel in Arkansas by Fay Jones, the Magney House in Australia by Glenn Murcutt, and the Pilgrimage Chapel at Ronchamps, France, by Le Corbusier. Building small doesn’t guarantee great architecture, but it doesn’t prevent it, either.
 As Florian Deleal walked, one hot afternoon, he overtook by the wayside a poor aged man, and, as he seemed weary with the road, helped him on with the burden which he carried, a certain distance.In London payday is the last Friday of the month, when groups of people gather at pubs at 5p.m. Here is a group at the Blue Posts Pub on Berwick Street in Soho.Despite their rather somber black clothing, this is a happy crowd of drinkers, their plastic beer glasses parked on the granite curb as hands gesticulate or punch out text messages.He designs modest houses to be made of steel plate as thick as your finger and concrete you could sharpen a knife on.The physical immediacy of his buildings is like biting into a lemon.Kundig designed the entire wall of this Idaho vacation house to pivot and open to the sky.Its hand-powered gizmo is so efficient the owner’s eight-year-old daughter can use it to lift the two-ton wall.How is it that the French will travel 50 miles to have lunch in a restaurant in a small Provençal village?The French writer Michèle Fitoussi said that her compatriots “have a keen sense of the brevity of time and the immediacy of pleasure.” On this afternoon there was a faint smell of smoke from leaves burning somewhere in the distance. When we left, I noticed there were no cars parked backwards in the parking lot.Yet there are graceful aircraft hangars and shipyards and steel mills that are larger than most buildings and a dirigible hangar near Edenton, North Carolina could be a cathedral.The beauty of these buildings comes from a strict adherence to purpose, what the American sculptor Horatio Greenough defined as “the promise of function.” That brings me back to this workshop’s function.