Architecture Does Not Exist

Words of Louis I. Kahn about an as­pect of ar­chi­tec­ture. These words are true for the do­main of design too.

… an as­pect you must learn  
is that ar­chi­tec­ture really does not ex­ist.  
Only a work of ar­chi­tec­ture ex­ist.  
Ar­chi­tec­ture does ex­ist in the mind.  
A man who does a work of ar­chi­tec­ture  
does it as an of­fer­ing to the spirit of ar­chi­tec­ture…  
 
A spirit which knows no style,   
knows no tech­niques, no method.  
It just waits for that which presents it­self.  
There is ar­chi­tec­ture, and it is the em­bod­i­ment  
of the un­meas­ur­able.  
Can you meas­ure the Parthenon?  
No. This is sheer murder.  
Can you meas­ure the Pan­theon,  
that won­der­ful build­ing which sat­is­fies the in­sti­tu­tion of man?
Louis Kahn: Conversations with Students, page 32

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