ArchitectureOctober 2018 Issue 22
Civilization and architecture are perhaps synonymous. As much as built architecture is a ubiquitous model to tame and direct space, air and light in their most utilitarian sense, the lived qualities that it enables, such as experience of natural phenomena, memory, history and the relationships it nurtures are what distinguish it. In the everyday, we instinctively cherish architecture for its qualitative elements and not its structural proportions. The personalities we imagine into architecture that surround us is often an amalgamation of meanings that its creator, its possessor and its observers across time have endowed it with. This ensures that any attempt at accurate representation is foolhardy.
Photographs of architecture are successful testaments to its subject when it strides the tight-rope between representation and emotion; when it transcends its role as a façade to speak of history, context and the lives that are intertwined with the structure. This issue of TAKE on Art critically asks whether the experience of architecture can be included in its imagery. And its premise is comfortably situated in the contemporary, as we realize that a thorough investigation would need to be had without the aura of canonized history.View Index Buy Now