- Aldo van Eyck
- Aldo van Eyck
The following article was first published in Architecture Malaysia magazine, Volume 26, Issue 1 and is made available here with permission from the author.
Reading, Writing and Analyzing
By Dr. Veronica Ng
One of the myths of learning architecture is the notion that architecture is simply about designing buildings, and the perception that design is about design, when in fact, a large part of learning architecture is through reading, writing, and analyzing, and how these learning processes enable students to develop and create more meaningful architecture.
Experiencing architecture is multi-sensory; it is as much about “feeling” as it is about “seeing”. While we cannot dispute the substance of the form is necessary, we also must admit that it is the void within the form that allows space of potentialities to manifest – even contemporary quantum physicists believe that void is constantly seething with subatomic activity.
One should look not only at the periphery and the content of the space, but also at the underlying nature of the space itself. Without void, form and space have no inherent meaning at all. Void is the essence of space that is always capable of being filled with activities, and imbued with feeling, meaning and memory.
I wonder why rich people tend to like everything BIG. They seem to like big houses, big cars and big bathrooms too!
Renzo Piano, the award-winning architect who gave London the Shard and Paris the Pompidou Centre, was made a senator for life in the Italian senate last year.