Posted by steveA on September 15, 2003 at 07:03:51:
In Reply to: Re: Architecture --- Science Or Art Or Both?! posted by Justin Hui on September 11, 2003 at 16:02:39:
In theory, it is one of the things that makes the profession beautiful. But then there is reality! If science is anything related to physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences...or other traditional definitions , then there is very little science in what we typically do. It is there beneath the surface of-course, but it is more in the realm of the engineers and product designers . If by science we mean a methodology of hypothesis and testing, then yes, this is a good part of architecture- maybe 10%. Art is there as well if one means that autonomous component in the process that is unique to the artist, that is a spark of genius, a way of seeing, that might otherwise not come to the project, and maybe this componant accounts for another 10% of the effort that is required to make a building. Of course, a scientific or artistic disposition is not something that is to be contained by a percentage, but I think for sake of arguement one can look at the project process and distill this sort of content out of the mix as i have suggested. That leaves 80% of "stuff" that most of us would rather not think about, but really is a significant part of our lives. The quicker we come to grips with it, embrace it even, the better our work will be.
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