We cannot do without the past in solving then architectural problems of our own way. We may dispense with the externals, but not with the work done in the past on the mastery of tectonic problems.
-Hanz Poelzig 1906, was link-man between the romantic-idealist and radical objective tendencies in the new architecture.
From the book- Programs and manifestos on the 2oth century architecture by Ulrich Conrads.
This quote supports the idea that learning from what has already been done is essential in mastering techniques which tradition has enabled us to learn from.