Exploring Architecture As An
Architecture is considered a
visual art like painting and sculpture. Architects design buildings
using a creative process by which they manipulate art elements to create
a unified and pleasing artistic statement. The difference between a
painting and architecture is that a building has a function and must
be designed with safety in mind.
When architects start working on a project, they prepare quick sketches
that suggest areas of function dictated by the client. Next, architects
use a process of design to draw, and then refine the form of the new
building. Understanding architectural design is simplified if you think
of the "façade" or face of the building as a painting.
Then, you can use design language to talk about the image you see.
On this site, you will practice identifying Sensory
Elements that appear on a building. These are the lines, shapes,
colors and textures that we first notice in art. Next, we go on to analyze
Formal Elements that are created
when architects arrange the lines and shapes to create a composition
that is balanced and unified. We examine the skill of the architect
and craftsmanship of the builder by studying Technical
Elements. Finally, we take a good look at the overall impression
of the building to determine its Expressive
Elements. Looking at architecture this way follows the Aesthetic
Concept Model of Dr. Harry S. Broudy.