Posted by Terry L. Walker, AIA on November 20, 2003 at 11:06:23:
In Reply to: achieve balance posted by Ace on August 31, 2003 at 12:41:27:
What is must always be more important than what is not.
The test of architecture is therefore always in the realm of phisicalness because literally all you have to work with is light and surface. As human beings we are born and come into our world manipulating it to our will from infancy to death. An architect is one trained to manipulate physical substance and energy, light and surface, into shelter of one kind or another for one purpose or many. We are all of us creatures of vision and imagination with conviction in our capacity to change our world to fit our conceptualization of the desired future state. The natural consequence is that architecture in the aggregate is the spacial expression of human life and experience over time. It is a deliberate act. By virtue of this abstraction whether accidental or by design, architecture is the mother of all arts, literally the body of civilization and culture.
To practice architecture as a professional is difficult in this place and time because your skill at manipulating light and surface to create a spacial expression that captures function, utility and that delights the senses and brightens the spirit, is usually subordinate to economy. Getting a client is much easier for those empowered by means than those gifted with talent and technical capacity. The latter almost always doomed to be the servant of the former. And as you have pointed out therefore the client precedes architect as prerequisite to every architectural act but contrary to your diatribe we are talking about money, associated responsibility and that reality is not likely to change.
Terry L. Walker, AIA MBA
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