The Uruguayan architect/engineer Eladio Dieste thought of local technology as basic feature of identity and was committed to the idea that Third World solution 'must leave underdevelopment behind but without copying the processes and techniques of other countries'. ... Dieste perhaps belonged to a tradition stretching back through Torroja to Gaudi, but even in his most utilitarian solutions he had the stamp of a genuine style: something rooted in his reading of contemporary 'agro-industrial' realities, and in a deep understanding of natural forces and pressures. ... There are deep moral/practical reasons for our search which give form to our work: with the form we create we can adjust to the laws of matter with all reverence, forming a dialogue with reality and its mysteries in essential communion ... For architecture to be truly constructed, the materials must be used with profound respect for their essence and possibilities; only thus can 'cosmic economy' be achieved ... in agreement with the profound order of the world; only then can we have the authority that so astounds us in the great works of past.
Excerpt on Eladio Dieste, Chapter 31 Modernity, Tradition and Identity in the Developing World Curtis, W. J. R.（1996）Modern Architecture Since 1900, Phaidon Press; 3 edition, P575