Arch. Myriam B. Mahiques Curriculum Vitae

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Architects and interdiscipline

Structure in Mars. Fractal generated by Myriam B. Mahiques

What I like most in Architecture is that it is so extended to all careers... an architect has an important general culture. He/she knows about philosophy, mathematics, design, history, arts, also music (even if he doesn´t know about the theory of music), gardening, computers, physics, and so on. Of course in more or less degree. Vitruvius adds ¨medicine¨, ¨astronomy and the theory of heavens¨, one would say it´s exaggerated now, but if we remember the ADN of spiders is used to build strong cables, why not agreeing with him?
From Ten Books on Architecture. Chapter I, The Education of the Architect;
3. In all matters, but particularly in architecture, there are these two points:—the thing signified, and that which gives it its significance. That which is signified is the subject of which we may be speaking; and that which gives significance is a demonstration on scientific principles. It appears, then, that one who professes himself an architect should be well versed in both directions. He ought, therefore, to be both naturally gifted and amenable to instruction. Neither natural ability without instruction nor instruction without natural ability can make the perfect artist. Let him be educated, skilful with the pencil, instructed in geometry, know much history, have followed the philosophers with attention, understand music, have some knowledge of medicine, know the opinions of the jurists, and be acquainted with astronomy and the theory of the heavens.

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