Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Fundamental Science of Architecture

The exact science goes to chemistry of logic and aesthetics. Architecture is the study of planning the spaces by how it would be allocated or breakdown into something useful for the target users .

The most immediate proof of architecture for the public is the aesthetic side. Anything pleasing to the eye is convincing for the average viewer. A post-modern building (building which borrows personality from the past, a classical column) for example, could subtly induce classic flavor for the public but the practicality inside or the usage is another thing. The man that unite these two: the aesthetic and function is called the architect.

The design behind every project or buildings is by no means static. This depends first of all on the type of the building of course. For example an average subdivision have 6 to 8 meters two way road throughout the subdivision. On the other side of the town, a low-cost-housing could have a minimal vehicular road and the rest extends to alleys to minimize cost, after all, people who live might probably have no wheels, or statistically 7 persons for 1 car.Another example per facility: domestic kitchens has average sink depth and minimal piping facility (p-trap for example: pipe that goes under your sink bent to block the odor and entry of cockroaches or other pests) while restaurants have deeper sinks to accommodate large number of dishes and special plumbing the clean out the intense grease.

All projects, in or out the field of Architecture are comprise of several components; let's put it in bare way and what goes subtly unique into it.A usual tangible project starts by analyzing the site: its feasibility which also extend to feasibility on the long run, in simple word, anticipation. This includes the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Pursuant to local laws or ordinances, buildings should follow the blueprint of the land use or reserved building type of the town or city. Which means, a lot or a parcel of lot has been preplanned long before that very project had started or implemented, is it reserved for agricultural, commercial (sometimes equivalent to residential) or preserved by the government for future plans?After such rigorous study on the site enters the climax and heart of project, planning.Some architects don't jump on planning rectilinear way, instead a study called the Bubble Space Diagram is formulated. Bubble Space Diagram is a standard-operating-procedure that preview the proximity and accessibility of spaces by use of balloons or bubble diagrams for ease of sketch and fast estimation of spaces.

After planning, engineers and other affiliated professionals are commissioned to work on the project: master plumbers, electrical engineers just to name a few. Before planning enters a heap of contract documents, I won't mention it here for it's ubiquitous in all formal projects. Next is the construction phase. Rough estimates shows that labor costs 35 percent of the total construction instrument and of course the rest goes to materials

Still, the man that stands at the center is the architect. He is responsible in each and every way of execution of the project.Unlike other fields of Arts, Fine Arts for instance , Architecture is an extroverted profession for it embraces the both the people and the built environment. The design of an architect should not only satisfy his/her standards (at least) but should also meet the needs, likes and behaviors of target users. Anything beyond this is preposterous or selfish.

The architect stands behind this science who receives the credits or suffer from any critiques that stems from his works.