Posted by Jim on July 26, 2003 at 16:52:38:
In Reply to: SincE YoU HavE ReaD FoR OncE posted by MaD on July 24, 2003 at 12:18:25:
As others have suggested, CREATIVITY is the method or means by which an architect meets the client's needs in a novel way that is within budget and harmonious with the site and surroundings. Since Architecture is not FINE ART, but an application of art, it cannot exist for its own sake as do the fine arts, but must always succeed in the physical sense and meet the needs of people on a daily basis. For these reasons, true architects do not get carried away with the lofty, air-head musings of those who only speak or write about buildings, but do not have to build or pay for their own. Creativity lies in knowing how to achieve artistry in practicality, something far more difficult than applying paint to canvas, or clay to an armature, for example. I applaud the man who discerns how to wed art and architecture, but I do not applaud works, such as Calatrava's, which go vastly over budget to merely make a name for himself while duping the public into thinking that his projects will cost much less than the finally do. This is part of the failing of 'fast-track' work, since one doesn't REALLY know what the final cost is to be, and unlike Fine Art, architecture must live up to limited costs. Let us employ architecture, not 'worship' it. Artistic it may be, but FINE ART it is not, nor can it be.
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