The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture

Saturday, November 05, 2005

"From the Greek word aisthetikos, meaning of sense perception. Also spelled "esthetic." Having to do with beauty in both form and appearance. An esthetic procedure is one in which the principal purpose is to improve the appearance." - spafinder

"# relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics; "aesthetic values""
"# concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste; "the aesthetic faculties"; "an aesthetic person"; "aesthetic feeling"; "the illustrations made the book an aesthetic success""
"# (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful; "he despised the esthetic of minimalism""
"# aesthetically pleasing; "an artistic flower arrangement" "
The above is redirected from wikipedia.

How do you define aesthetic in Architecture? Is there any defination you would like to state?
There are millions and billions of people in this world. Is beauty defined differently in different eyes?
I bought a book 2 days ago ,
The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, which brought me around the world of contemporary architecture by just flipping the pages. It is not a thorough one that includes each and every masterpieces in the world yet it is enough showing contemporary architecture. It is a great book that anyone who is interested in architecture should acquire. It is very inspiring and facinating.
Different architects sees architecture differently, yet there is always similarity. There is always a system, a language in it. Richard Mier, Frank Gehry , Mies, Cobusier... any great masters. They speaks architecture in their own language. It reflects their identity, character, charm and thoughts. It poses a theory, or analysis behind it. Find it out, observing itself is fun enough. It is like reading an art. It drunks you. I just felt happy looking at the work, so much, so simple sometimes, so elegant, so intelligent. The contrast, the texture, the material, the details, the composition, the organisation f space, the feeling arouse walking along the building, into the building, inside out of the building. The combination and mix between forms and spaces. So much to read, intelligently expressed and formed. Great masterpieces. Buy the book.

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