Georges Bataille (1929)

Architecture is the expression of the very being of societies, in the same way that human physiognomy is the expression of the being of individuals. However, it is more to the physiognomies of oficial characters (prelates, magistrates, admirals) that this comparison must be referred. In practice, only the ideal being of society, that which orders and prohibits with authority, expresses itself in what are architectural compositions in the strict sense of the term. Thus, the great monuments are raised up like dams, pitting the logic of majesty and authority against all the shady elements: it is in the form. It is obvious, actually, that monuments inspire socially aceptable behaviour, and often a very real fear.

Architecture / This version: Leach, Neil (1997), Rethinking Architecture, London, Routledge, pp. 21