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  • What is Architecture?

    Posted on December 5th, 2012 Ge No comments

    After a semester of foundation design study, I have a better understanding of what Architecture is. I thought it was all about buildings before. But now, I realize there are so much more to it. Architecture is the combination of shape and space. Over the history of human existence, the evolution of shape and space dramatically change the building styles. Those changes are all varied by the human need at the time. Architecture is also a subject that brings people and the nature environment together.

    Here’s what Architecture is to some artists:

    Frank Lloyd Wright: “Architecture isn’t just the vast collection of various buildings, built to please the varying tastes. It is life itself, taking form.

    Karl Lagerfeld: “We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.”

    Yannick Heywang: “Being an architect isn’t only about construction, it’s about creating wide spaces with small spaces.”

    Ezra Pound: “A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.”

    Kurt Vonnegut: “Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.”


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