Posted by aaron on September 16, 2003 at 10:42:18:
In Reply to: Re: theories in architecture posted by Harry Pasternak on September 16, 2003 at 07:55:14:
While I agree with you Harry that there are plenty of architectural theories which are simply intellectual bullshit.... on the other hand good theories are not simply those which are backed up by 'scientific' research.
I am unable to comprehend why and how you can apply scientific research on, like u mentioned, why and how people use space for example. Perhaps your term science extends to the realm of pyschology and social behaviour ? Nevertheless lets backtrack abit....or rather way back to ancient civilisation where I would like to ask you what kind logic (sceince) did humanity apply at the time of... the pyramids, mayan, greek civilisation for example... why did they build those , and how did they use the space?
I'll end by saying that in architecture, which i see as a branch of art, the principles of design should not entirely be based on scientific evidences, for there is a higher logic within, one which is not quite quantifiable especially by the branches of sciences and statistics, etc... it is one based on a certain feeling.. a kind of empathy..... you could say that its purely subjective... but i would say that if it is really a good building... the results are nothing but objective for its speaks a certain truth.
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