First Arch121 Assignment / Reading

During prep-school, mentioned long readings appeared !

Our first Arch121 assignment was sent by Bilge Imamoglu. Then, I consider that this reading provided me different point of view about changing the role of architect and also definition of architecture.
Initially, I thougth that there should be distinction between architecture and engineering. Architecture is known as visual and functional art,however, engineering is a kind of utilitarian occupation in my opinion. The reason why I consider definition of architecture as a art is that architecture is to create unique structures. That architecture is seen as a art by using hidden metaphorical techniques such as Chicago Tribune Tower or Robie House ( Pic1,Pic2) contributes to their uniqueness.

Robie House (Pic2)Chicago Tribune (Pic1)

Moreover, architecture should be connection between human relations/values and structures. That’s why, even if some of the structures are not designed by professional architects, they can be conceivable as architecture because of their anthropological values like homesteads in Africa. (Pic3)

Homesteads in Africa (Pic3)

Another thing that amazes me is change in the role of architect. Throughout our history, architects were  described little more than technician and draughtspeople due to having not a separation between parts of engineering and architecture. Thanks to opening of the school of civil engineering in Paris(1747), the distinction became apparent.

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