Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Home is a Nest

It is as fitting a thing for a man to build his own home as it is for a bird to build its own nest. 
--Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Architecture vs. Shelter

Architecture is shelter, yet not all shelter is Architecture.

Architecture is more than embellishment. It is design, planning, balance, circulation, engineering and art all rolled into the creation of a building. Although today building design can be controlled by a developer, the architecture is only as good as it works for the end user, i.e. the occupant.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Which Came First?

Which came first--art or architecture? It could be argued that first was architecture, a place to live, a place for protection, a home where within one could hang artworks. Yet paintings were found within the Palaeolithic caves of Lasqaux long before man desired architectural design. The prehistoric paintings present a reverse argument that art preceded architecture. Natural caverns in the earth surely can not be considered architecture. Shelter, yes, but not architecture.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mother of all Arts

With this blog I hope to initiate some discussion comments and show you some of my projects.

Architecture has been called the "mother of all arts" and that could present a good discussion topic for starters. I first heard that phrase twenty years ago when I was in architectural history classes at the University of Houston. I really did not think too much about it until I became more involved with fine art again over the last few years.  I want to give that thought a bit more research. What do you think? Do you agree? or disagree? Why?

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