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Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
ARCHITECTURE = AN INHABITED SCULPTURE?

What do you say?
Shuchita Jain
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Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
If the designer treats it as such... In fact, thinking in three dimensions, instead of functional placing, can evolve different kind of architecture. Take an opening and see how light creates drama throughour the day; the inhabitants are witness to play of light and various changing situation, like seeing a sculpture by moving around it. Rock-cut architecture at Halebid used the sculpting concept to perfection. Enjoy it, that's what I would like to say.
Dushyant Nathwani
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Have you visited Husain's Gufa at CEPT campus at Ahmedabad? If yes, you can enjoy the kind of equation you are trying to workout. In general, is the equation.

Keep discussion on by your witty expressions, all who come across this, express.
Dushyant Nathwani
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Architecture is much much more than just inhabited sculpture. It is just too amorphous to be dictated into an equation, with too many variables; such as function, climate, topography and budget. To focus on a few aspects may be healthy in an experimental studio, but actual making by such a motto can lead to problems.
Ahmed Asad Zuberi
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Sculpture isn't what architecture should contribute to the world. The function and how it serves the user phychologically matter more. I personally feel that the architect must concentrate more on working them out...
Sangeetha Priya
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
NO! I Disagree. The equation does not hold good always, I believe!

Ahmed sounds closer to reality. You are probably talking about certain architectural movements, which treat a building as a sculpture. A built environment has got lots more to assert about itself apart from the visual/haptic appeal that characterizes a sculpture. Equating a piece of architecture to a sculpture is directly ignoring those architects who believe more in treating built-up environments as quite living creatures (which sculptures canot be!) and responding to human stimuli.

And what do you say about the architects who believe more in functional design and really don't waste time in unnecessarily overdoing the form/facade! In certain cases, say Hussain-Doshi Gufa as quoted by Mr. Nathwani, your premises might be true, and equally true in postmodernist/deconstructivist styles. Imagine a row-housing in some older, overcrowded parts of your city. Houses CANNOT behave as sculptures.

A good design must be able to ensure a hygienic, pleasant ambiance and environment, and that would be the appropriateness of architecture in that case!

Regards,
P Das
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Sculpting, a process brings very near to form, I believe that chipping/chiseling/carving gives control over three dimension. Exploring like this brings control over space/mass/volume, which is assential for architects. I hope that refinement of this kind yields good architecture. Somehow Shuchita has more inclination towards equation and proved me wrong on the witty side of my expression by editing architecture=adequately occupied space.
Dushyant Nathwani
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
I am still to form an opinion Shuchita, but I am curious to know something.

Considering that Hussain Doshi Gufa fits your equation and that you have seen the building, do you think you would be able to live in that building for a long duration? Mr. Nathwani, would you??

Hmmm.... :-?
Shubhru Gupta
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Husain's Gufa as a building has many dimensions, I have not lived in it but happen to have spent a few hours trying to figure out the concept from inside out. I found that it happens to be nice experiment, it is dark on the inside, the way designer and the promoter wanted it to be. It has a romantic exterior and skyline, causy and curvacious inside. Yes, it is cool, but very sculpural instead of having a square geometry, as an architect would like. It is sure that an everyday building for a given general purpose cannot be like that. Unique examples can be enjoyed.
Dushyant Nathwani
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
I quite share your experiences of Hussain Doshi Gufa, Mr. Nathwani. But then your response makes me think that while such an example gives one pleasure or enjoyment, it certainly does not make a good case for regular habitation. But why? Are the spaces inside really that unusable or do we have stereotypical ideas of habitable buildings? If the former is true, then the equation stands questioned... If the latter is true, then the world of architectural standards is the culprit, even though it is based on sound anthropometric requirements of human beings. Hmmm...
Shubhru Gupta
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Hello, I have come across a very sculptural residential building by Architect Mr. Shirgaunker at Vadodara. Someday, I would like to upload pictures, I'm at Ahmedabad. Or, the parliament building at Dhaka by Luis Kahn has very effective sculptural qualities. What I understand is that sculpting a building brings out very strong three dimensional qualities that the designer needs to understand and master the craft. Mathematical equations are difficult, as every architect does not have Michealangelo's traits. I shall refrain from generalisation. Combination of sculpting and architecture can be mind boggling.
Dushyant Nathwani
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Well, perhaps we should ask Frank Gehry...

With his work, one never knows.

Namaste to all,
Maria Ayub
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Well, my response is against an architecture as inhabited sculpture, because I'm experienced for two years. In LKB University Lahore where I studied, respested teachers explained us about architecture, but your question is I think incomplete. What is the reasoning behind inhabited sculpture?
Beenish Yousaf
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
First of all, namaste to all
Beenish Yousaf
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
When Marcel Duchamp was asked the question, what is the difference between architecture and sculpture? His response was plumbing.
Malcolm Dickson
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
architecture has to be hollow within or say voide within solid to inhebit,where as sculpter normally is solid within or hollow to save material and self weight.but when the word sculpting is used,it means play with three dimension,well architecture also happens to be the same,both can be enjoyed as process.
Dushyant Nathwani
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Good design strategy is either the hollowing out of a solid block, or a point (nodule) growing design outwards.

Aesthetic design is when the macro and micro aspects of the design both echo and reflect the same design strategy.

Sadly, amorphous-anonymous-unaesthetic design which ignores the above design strategy is seen as the most "economic" (in monetary terms, cheap and nasty) today, given that the atmosphere and functions inside can be created from movable and changable furniture, etc.

Therefore money becomes the primary design consideration in architecture and if money is the primary design, can such design be called sculpture?
Frank John Snelling
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Yes! The constructs of inner space are reflected in the arrangement of use and intellectual needs. This is transactional inpreceisely the same way that sculpture addresses the psyche emotionally and in every other way. The study of 'Islamic characteristics'in both secular and mosque construction clearly define such functions.
Anthony Stewart
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
Hi Malcolm Dickson,
Where did you find the Marcel Duchamp quote?
Patrik Aarnivaara
Is architecture inhabited sculpture?
hallo,patric.....i am pleased that you went through very old but interesting discussion and raised a very valid misquote.....regards.
Dushyant Nathwani
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