To me, the drive for monumentality is as inbred as the desire for food and sex, regardless of how we denigrate it. Monuments differ in different periods. Each age has its own.
The future of architecture is culture.
All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.
Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space.
Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
All architects want to live beyond their deaths.