Architecture : The Theoretical Underpinning Of Architecture

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Although architecture has no precise definition, it can range from being defined as an art, practice, or complexity of designing something, to being a challenging profession in itself. It is said that “architecture serves a purpose, stand erect, and is capable of moving us emotionally.” For one to understand how architecture is seen by the creator, it is important that we understand the theoretical underpinning of architecture, of its time, and also how it advanced up to that time. “Architecture is that great living creative spirit which from generation to generation, from age to age, proceeds, persists, and creates, according to the nature of man, and his circumstances as they change. That is really architecture.” Architectural…show more content…
Most of the times, we will find that almost each architect has his own theory or inspiration, however, if we understand this, comparing buildings types and how they relate with their users and nature would be clearer. We would then be able to comprehend how the structure connects with its surroundings and even the way in which it came about. “Hagia Sophia, the church of holy wisdom, sits majestically atop the plateau that commands the straits separating Europe and Asia.” The former basilica was built in 537 and is located near the acropolis of the ancient city of Byzantium. Being a proud monument of Istanbul’s history, the structure has been transformed to numerous amount of functions from a cathedral to a mosque, to a monument, and now a museum. The structure became known for its massive dome which have changed the history of architecture because of its unique structure. “Being the embodiment of Byzantine architecture, Hagia Sophia was the world’s largest cathedral for.” 6 Recently, a great fury commenced in Istanbul, Turkey about the world renowned Hagia Sophia. This massive monument has been in a drift war with the government and citizens of Turkey. The citizens of Turkey demand that the iconic structure immediately be converted back to a mosque. The hostility constantly grows between the two parties resulting in horrendous actions by citizens. Rage, anger, and confusion were greatly displayed as angry Turkish citizens

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