A Closer Look Into Architecture
Are you always fascinated by art works, structure designs, and elegant buildings? You must be a lover of architecture! The question is, do you really know what architecture is?
The term architecture can mean many things. It can mean a way on how buildings were made with their unique structures and form. It can mean the art of designing or the style used in erecting shelters and other physical structures. For others, it is a form of art where one can clearly express cultural uniqueness and beauty. In the modern world, the word architecture is also being applied in information technology.
There are three basic processes that make up architecture and these are planning, designing and construction.
Planning is always the first thing to be done. This is the stage where an architect determines the purpose the building. Will the building shelter people? Is it intended for commercial use? Knowing its purpose will give an architect a clearer understanding and a solid foundation on what materials to be used. The building should stand strong and must be always in good condition.
The next process is designing. This will involve adding beauty to the structure. In this phase, an architect can consider adding unique features to the building, showing cultural marks and unique designs that can delight people and uplift their moods without sacrificing its usefulness and functions it was intended to.
The last process is construction. This is the actual erection of the building where all plans and designs will be executed in great detail and accuracy. This is usually the longest phase as this will be the integration of the principles of architecture — durability, utility and beauty.
Looking back, architecture was rooted mainly for basic purposes. Buildings were erected basically for shelter, security and worship. But as human cultures became complex, buildings became works of art, expressions of political power, and hallmarks of culture and religions.
Ancient civilizations resorted to architecture as a reflection of political power of rulers. The pyramids in Egypt showcase the firm authority of pharaohs on their slaves for centuries. Asian architecture focuses more on worship as exemplified by temples from China, India and Japan. Islamic buildings are one of the structures also specifically designed for worship and social needs of civilizations from the Middle East. Nowadays, with all the advancement in technology, aesthetics was given more importance. With the availability of new products such as plastic, fiberglass, modern equipment and computers, designing has been given much emphasis. From the high-rise buildings in New York to the amazing Opera House in Sydney and majestic buildings in the Middle East, architecture has proven to be advancing through the years.
In the next decade or two, we can clearly expect more complex buildings with state of the art designs. Architecture has gone so far and will always do so in the years to come. We can surely expect modern beautiful houses, worship buildings and magnificent skyscrapers that will all surely take our breath away! Have all your cameras ready and enjoy the future of architecture!