What does architecture you’re really mean

I thought there would be a great idea to start my blog with one of the most simple questions related to architecture. What actually is architecture and what does it mean to so many different people. There are so many ways that architecture is construed and seen by so many different cultures. So what better way to start my blog then go through some of the most common ways in which we construe architecture and what it really means.

From my perspective architecture is a base foundation and understanding which relies on planning, designing, and then the construction phase itself. But that said, architecture doesn’t necessarily have to relate to construction. And then this article I think I’m going to go through some of the great ways in which architecture can you involve non structural objects too.

How we view architecture through the ages.

Sphinx and Pyramids
Sphinx and Pyramids

Typically most cultures are judged based on their architecture that survive through the ages. It doesn’t matter, be it the Egyptians with the pyramids which are probably the most impressive remaining item left on this planet. Or it could be potentially the Annunaki with their smaller stone built pyramid type constructions. It doesn’t really matter what the construction, we practically judge cultures by their architectural achievements. It’s not always just the size of the architectural achievement that’s judge too. It can be the quality of the Architecture itself, and by that we look at some Stones that have been literally carved with accuracy that we struggle to replicate today. This is the kind of architecture that is of extreme interest to me and in this blog will continue to look closely at all of the different cultures and abilities through the ages.

How we you judge architecture.

We all judge architecture on a number of common factors and they’re pretty much universal. They are all factors that anyone, anywhere might appreciate. Here’s a list of list of those factors and a brief explanation of them too:

1 Strength and durability of the architecture.

Workers transporting stone
Workers transporting stone

One of the most common ways in which we judge the architectural performance of a construction is the strength and durability. The stronger construction, the better the architectural work is considered to be. If we were to look at some of the most amazing architectural works on the planet we would obviously instantly reference the Egyptian pyramids which clearly some of the most age buildings and constructions on the whole planet. Interestingly there are some of the most beautiful designs as well and we’re going to come onto that went relatively soon. And it also doesn’t really look like they’re going to go anywhere quickly either does it?

2. How useful is a piece of architecture?

An architectural structure could look amazing and be extremely pleasing on the eye but that doesn’t mean it could be useful in any way shape or form, and one of the key ways in which we judge architecture is how useful a construction is. You can’t expect a construct to be entirely based on aesthetics. It has to be functional and do its job. What that means in layman’s terms, is it could be that you have built a construction that’s required to be energy efficient for example. In this situation you’ve been looking at what has been implemented in terms of solar panels or perhaps insulation in the walls. Or how the construction is actually formed in order to shelter itself from the environment as well there are so many different ways in which architecture can lend itself to usefulness and utility.

Loft insulation
Loft insulation

3. How beautiful is the architecture.

As we briefly touched on in the last bullet point the Aesthetics is also an important Factor in determining how quality the Architecture is. Some of the most amazing buildings have been This is an incredible amount of our work and beauty that’s even on the ceilings. The amount of work and time that must have went into this architecture would have just been outstanding a mind-blowing. If you’ve ever walked through the Vatican or even looked at it online you’ll realise that it’s just one of the most unbelievable pieces of architecture that we still have remaining today.

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Where has architecture got to now?

Architecture is moving in a completely different direction in my opinion. It doesn’t have the same Elegance it’s more about minimalism and straight lines. This isn’t particularly as exciting for my money as the way that architecture was previously perceived. But that said some of the most beautiful buildings are some of the most recent constructions. You can’t really rule out the Sydney Opera House for example.

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

Overall architecture means many different things to many different people but it’s still hold similar principles of utility, usability, beauty and functionality. So it doesn’t matter what culture your background you come from you can always appreciate architecture and I hope as you go through my blog you’ll be able to understand and appreciate some of the architectures I’m going to bring to you.

Carole Melendez

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