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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