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Notes on architectural definitions:
Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings or any other structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.
Architecture can mean:
A general term to describe buildings and other physical structures.
The art and science of designing buildings and (some) non-building structures.
The style of design and method of construction of buildings and other physical structures.
A unifying or coherent form or structure.
Knowledge of art, science, technology, and humanity.
The design activity of the architect, from the macro-level (urban design, landscape architecture) to the micro-level (construction details and furniture). The practice of the architect, where architecture means offering or rendering professional services in connection with the design and construction of buildings, or built environments.
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1. “Architecture is definitely a political act.” – Peter Eisenman in Haaretz
2. “Architecture is unnecessarily difficult. It’s very tough.” – Zaha Hadid in The Guardian
3. “Architecture is by definition a very collaborative process.” – Joshua Prince-Ramus in Fast Company
4. “Architecture is a way of seeing, thinking and questioning our world and our place in it.” – Thom Mayne in his Prtizker Prize Acceptance Speech
5. “Architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings actually fit with the way we want to live our lives: the process of manifesting our society into our physical world. – Bjarke Ingels in AD Interviews
6. “Architecture is merciless: it is what it is, it works or doesn’t, and you can clearly see the difference.” – Jacques Herzog in a lecture at Columbia University
7. “Architecture is always related to power and related to large interests, whether financial or political.” – Bernard Tschumi in The New York Times
8. “Architecture is a good example of the complex dynamic of giving.” – Jeffrey Inaba in World of Giving
9. “Architecture is too complex for just one person to do it, and I love collaboration.” – Richard Rogersin The Guardian
10. “Architecture is the most powerful deed that a man can imagine.” – Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos in Volume
11. “Architecture is an act of optimism.” – Nicolai Ouroussoff in The LA Times
12. “Architecture is an artificial fact.” – Mario Botta in Perspecta
13. “Architecture is full of romantics who think that even relatively small changes to the built environment create the aspiration for a better society.” – Mark Wigley in Surface Magazine
14. “Architecture is for us, the public, and it is going to get scuffed.” – Alexandra Lange in Design Observer
15. “Architecture is the work of nations…” John Ruskin in Stones of Venice
16. “Architecture is always dream and function, expression of a utopia and instrument of a convenience.” – Roland Barthes in “Semiology and Urbanism”
17. “Architecture is an expression of values – the way we build is a reflection of the way we live.” – Norman Foster in The European
18. “Architecture is the real battleground of the spirit.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in “ID Merger Speech”
19. “Architecture is not a question of the purely theoretical if you’re interested in building buildings. It’s the art of what is possible.” – Paul Rudolph in Chicago Architects Oral History Project
20. “Architecture is geometry.” – Álvaro Siza in Imaginar a Evidência (Imagining Evidence)
21. “Architecture is about improving conditions: environmental, social and sometimes also political.” – Arjen Oosterman in Volume
22. “Architecture is not just one thing. It is not just an art. … It has to deal with the real situation; it has to do something good for the society.” – Xiaodu Liu in “What Can Architecture Do? An Interview with Xiaodu Liu” on ArchDaily
23. “Architecture is much more than the building of an object on a site: it is a reinvention of the site itself.” – Sean Lally in The Air From Other Planets
24. “Architecture is a language: new designs should abide by grammatical rules to avoid dissonance with existing structures.” – Prince Charles in The Architectural Review
25. “Architecture is an untapped source of magnificent stories waiting to be imagined, visualized, and built.” – Matthew Hoffman in “Blank Space Launches Architecture Storytelling Competition”
26. “Architecture is about serving others through the design of the built environment.” – Kevin J Singh in “21 Rules for A Successful Life in Architecture”
27. “Architecture is a very complex effort everywhere. It’s very rare that all the forces that need to coincide to actually make a project proceed are happening at the same time.” – Rem Koolhaasin Co.Design
28. “Architecture is intended to transcend the simple need for shelter and security by becoming an expression of artistry.” – Jay A. Pritzker in his 1985 Pritzker Ceremony Speech
29. “Architecture is the only art that you can’t help but feel. You can avoid paintings, you can avoid music, and you can even avoid history. But good luck getting away from architecture.” – Philippe Daverio in Humans of New York
30. “Architecture is the petrification of a cultural moment.” – Jean Nouvel in Newsweek
31. “Architecture is characterised by endurance and longevity: a long education, long training, long hours and long lives.” – Catherine Slessor in The Architectural Review
32. “Architecture is a muddle of irreconcilable things.” – Juhani Pallasmaa in The Architectural Review
33. “Architecture is, in many ways, a very specific type of science fiction; it is its own genre of speculative thought,” – Geoff Manaugh in Architect
34. “Architecture is largely irrelevant to the great mass of the world’s population because architects have chosen to be.” – Bruce Mau in Architect
35. “Architecture is becoming less about a single walled-off phallus on the horizon, and more about parks and public spaces which engage with the city.” – Alissa Walker in Gizmodo
From 121 Definitions of Architecture, Arch Daily