Wikipedia: "Architecture"

April 16, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World 
photo via Barcex

photo via Barcex

So Wikipedia, like a new sunroom, has turned into an addition to the small cottage that is my brain.  In this Wikipedia, I looked up “architecture” last night and was reminded of things long forgotten.  How rad was Vitruvius??  The article discussed his three principles of architecture being: durability, utility and beauty.  Architecture, to be actual “architecture,” must exhibit all three.  The article also discussed a new principle that has recently been added known as “sustainability.”  Meaning a structure must be healthy for the environment while being built, while being used and while being recycled.  Then there is a quote from our friend Le Corbusier that says, “You employ stone, wood, and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces: that is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good. I am happy and I say: This is beautiful. That is Architecture.”

Even though we can’t all be architects (myself included), we can all insert our line of work into the same theories of Vitruvius and Le Corbusier.  The idea is to put a little extra thought into what we are doing- a little more art.  Even though they’re not designing structures, we’ve all heard of ugly businesses out there that could use a little Le Corbusier pumping through the veins of their company.


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