Each day, whether it is obvious to us or not, we encounter design, in different forms, shapes, and ways, and as designers, we discover new ways to do and look at things. Building design, or architecture, is one of the most prominent and useful forms of art as it is inhabitable to us, and as humans, becomes unavoidable. Our entire lives revolve around buildings, making it crucial to our health and a component to the means of our survival. In our history class, I have learned many things thus far as to how architecture is viewed through the worlds eyes, which includes those learned in the field, and those who simply see it as “just” another set of buildings. Vitruvius believes that designers must have an equal balance between theory and practice. Theory is the coherent collection of hypotheses which are proposed as a reason for things occurrences, while practice is merely the act of carrying out these ideas. Daily, we learn how to succeed as we learn how to fail. Without these failures, we could not possibly gain knowledge, just as if we never made mistakes, we would never learn from our lessons. We learn how architecture is a gateway and a form of dialogue between things which have already been done, and things which are only yet to come, commonly known as the past and the future. History provides precedents to us which we often look at to base modern designs upon. In order to have full control of the potential of the future, we must have a firm knowledge and embrace on the successful things which have once already been done. History was once said to be the interaction between humanity and nature. Harmonious design is one of the greatest achievements known to man. It explicitly lives out its purpose, all while being aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. This is also known as the idea of commodity, firmness, and delight. A near to perfect building would inhabit and embrace all three of these things to the highest power. Although, it is hard to achieve, it is not impossible, as we have learned from looking at other precedents throughout our history. When building, we learn that size does matter and that context can make or break the overall design of a building. I can say that so far this semester I have learned new ways to look at design, in the wider spectrum, and am excited about what is to come.
"What nature can't make." -Louis Kahn