Architecture used to be the mother of all arts, since a building can be a work of art and  a home for all other forms of art as well. Churches were the best examples until God died. In the last 40 years many of them were changed into shopping malls and multi-purpose facilities. Nowadays only capitalists are rich enough to beautify utilities in the shape of banks, palaces and museums. Only a few privileged architects get the opportunity to identify themselves unselfishly with spatial dreams. The rest of them hardly get a chance to do more than piling up prefab walls and floors.


In Spuybroek’s description the “sympathy of things” occurs when a creature synchronizes its own behavior with that of another in such a way, that it intuitively incorporates the movements of another self. It’s the identification of the physical feeling in such a way, that the ‘self’ dissolves into the living awareness of the other. To clarify this: think of people dancing with each other, or a leopard chasing a deer. But the same happens when a cook is whipping cream, or a blacksmith forging a hinge, or an artist carving wood. Actually, in Spuybroek's vision all things with power and strength, including waves, wind, clouds and mountains, design or shape each other by the same mutual identification.