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ARCHITECTURE - DEFINING MOMENTS

 

This part of the project is a journey from what is happening with today's home architecture to the origins of dwellings and back, to evaluate how to utilize basic intents to create personally meaningful work. It is not an historical evaluation of architecture as much as it is a look at the various definitions of the architecture of dwelling, and the relationship to what could be termed the "Casey Key Syndrome". Thus, this section will evolve from a look at some early concepts of what architecture meant to contemporary practitioners to what is generally happening today, with the objective of developing a working definition from which to initiate my own projects.

 

Architecture Is...

As a starting point, from what is generally accepted as the first and most famous treatise on architecture, it is:

"...a science, arising out of many other sciences, and adorned with much and varied learning: by the help of which a judgment is formed of those works which are the result of other arts."

- Vitruvius, De Architectura, circa 27 BC

 

Vitruvius' architect was the "chief technician", knowledgeable in many aspects of engineering and technology, including city planning; materials; design of temples, theaters, baths, harbors, and private homes; how to find and distribute water; the zodiac, weather prediction, and sundials; and water wheels and catapults.

Extrapolating this to the 21st century, it is unreasonable for today's architect to be the master of all comparable, pertinent areas related to architecture, as significantly more technology is within the scope of work of modern projects. However, it is within the architect's purview to efficiently and effectively involve specialists in fields related to projects at hand to accomplish desired and appropriate goals.

 

Other interesting statements and definitions of architecture include:

 

It is "...the activity of giving intellectual structure, specifically in regard to the identification of place. People through history have had to accommodate their lives by making places, and architecture is the "language" they use to do so."

- Simon Unwin, Director, Centre for Analytical Research in Architecture

Dundee University, UK

 

And, Le Corbusier defined architecture as:

"...the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light."

Perhaps this is just a portion of his definition, as the statement does not address the functionality, or the transcending of functionality, that architecture should  achieve to differentiate it from art. It also neglects any reference to inclusion of natural processes or any sense of being in harmony with the surroundings.

 

 

Make It Simple...

An integral component of this project is a recognition of the value of simplicity in creating architecture. Some relevant thoughts on the subject are:

"...'think simple' as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest forms, getting back to first principles."

 - Frank Lloyd Wright

 

"True elegance becomes the more so as it approaches simplicity."

- Henry Ward Beecher

 

"Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought."

- William Hazlitt

 

"It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated; far more difficult to sacrifice skill and cease exertion in the proper place than to expend both indiscriminately."

- John Ruskin

 

House + Home...

With regard to houses, a quote apropos to this project is:

 

"My precept to all who build is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, and not the house to the owner."

- Cicero

 

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