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Posted by  Cos Boyan on September 19, 2003 at 21:45:07:

In Reply to:  what is architecture? posted by aaron on September 16, 2003 at 10:48:27:

I found here the same question I asked myself (and other colleagues) and I thought I should add my point to this discussion.
If I try to find an "one sentence" definition, I would say:
Architecture is a geo-stationary product of rational modification of a higher scale space in order to satisfy human needs. Here, "higher scale space" would be a multi-dimensional (space, time, emotion, feeling, etc.) environment that includes individual space. In fact, "rational modification of space" is, to me, what we call "design". "The scale" may determine the product to include the user (like in architecture and urbanism) or the product can be included in the user's space (see industrial/product design). One may consider, following my definition, that vehicles are architecture, but they are mobile structures, not "geo-stationary" ones. Anyway, I am still working on this problem. It's intriguing, isn't it?

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