Topic for Debate
Principles for architecture?
What are the principles for creativity?
what are the principles for design?
What are the principles for architecture?

What, if any, are the principles which operate for all three? (Creativity, Design and Architecture.)
Frank John Snelling
Principles for architecture?
Dear Frank,

I see creativity as the core of design and architecture, so, the principles will be shared between the three, depending on where one draws his/her inspiration from.

One can design based on any principle. I, for example, am personally motivated by environmental and social justice concerns and my design -- if I am capable -- will be based on those principles (e.g. I will seek to minimize use of materials and energy use, exposure of workers to dangerous chemicals, etc. and create a design that responds to site and users).

Another architect can be motivated by the autonomy of architecture as a form of art (take Peter Eisenmann) and create a building that responds to formal concerns about shape and -- as in Eisenmann's case -- can produce a design that challenges the user(s) practical notions about architecture.

What did you have in mind when asking this question?
Ozgur Basak Alkan
Principles for architecture?
As I feel there are three basic principle which are common to design and architecture: Logical evolution of forms and judicious selection of materials and technology.
Asif Ali
Principles for architecture?
Frank, Sir, a question like this from you?

If at all there are so called 'principles' for creativity where will the word creativity ultimately go? Because, for me creativity is something which extends from negative infinity to positive infinity. For creativity has either no origin or infinite origins. Regarding principles for design,
if we take design as a problem, the ultimate goal is a workable solution. When there are many a number of solutions possible for a given design, it means any number of principles apply in the right direction.

Discussion of such a vast topic... I'm really curious to learn about principles of architecture (not styles) if any. May I know what's your intention behind this question?
Sriraj Gokarakonda
Principles for architecture?
Ozgur and Sriraj, my intention in asking about principles is two-fold:

(a) I rarely see or hear the word used and have found practically no trace, and

(b) Therefore, in this absence of such a fundamental (and in the process of exploring my own thoughts), I have deduced a set of principles which can be applied to any human activity.

Given that my earlier very enthusiatic attempts to express myself on this subject tend to end in silence. I was putting out an exploratory feeler to see how other people understand and use the word "principle" and so perhaps I can learn how to build a bridge between where I am and where other people are.

And I can see from the responses (thank you) that there are wide conceptual differences. :)))

The fear that I had before I deduced these (abstract, universal, aesthetic) principles was if I looked too closely I would destroy the dynamic and fragile essence of meaning in the same way as pinning down a butterfly.

Today, I know this is not the case, but when I do try express myself I face incomprehension and hostility because my principles unintentionally undercut the philosophy of "Design = Mystery".
Frank John Snelling
Principles for architecture?
Dear Frank,

Well, for me, I consider creativity as something that comes with the person and the person is born with it. But if you don't work on your creativity it will decrease and maybe demolish by time; a person that was born in the Stone Age has a different creativity than a person which was born in this time. So, by using your senses, observing your surroundings and using the background of the creativity that you were born with, GREAT THINGS WILL HAPPEN...

Anything that comes through life, trial and experience is a lesson to us, and from this lesson we get what are called "principles", but that doesn't mean that these principles can't be altered!!!
Katrina Goussous
Principles for architecture?
Katherina, I can see a difference in understanding of the word principle. To me a principle is a fundamental concept which acts as a universal law. I do not say an abstract, because an abstract is "an approximation of reality" and therefore not a concept.

Abstracts are finite approximations of reality and therefore can and do change. Whereas fundamental concepts are infinite and operate outside of time and space.

Principle: Every human has the natural unconscious ability known as creativity.

Principle: Every human has the ability to be creative, but not every human uses creativity to create positively.

Principle: Every human has the ability to learn how to consciously use their natural and unconscious creativity.
Frank John Snelling
Principles for architecture?
Dear Frank,

I loved your responses... you have your way in using the correct and clear words to explain things. Thanks :)
Katrina Goussous
Principles for architecture?
Katherina, Thank you. :)))
Frank John Snelling
Principles for architecture?
I can give an answer through what i have learned in my college. The principles for architecture should be taken in consideration by the architect, the six ethical principles are:
1)conserving energy:
a-analyzing the potentials existing in the environment
b-prioritizing the environmental effects
c-considering appropriate materials
2)Working with climate:
a-the configuration of the building should create a "micro-climate" for the site.
b-aerodynamics. Especially to air-flow wind shading window-screens perforation.
3)Minimizing new resources
indoor qualities, like light,noise,thermal conditions and others.
4)Respect for users
a-make good relationships with neighborhood and community groups
b-connect links to the surrounding context and city center
5)Respect for site
The principles for design:
-look at different cultures and artworks and designs of other designers
-try and train several times
The principles for creativity:
according to Koberg and Bagnal,
a-freedom from false pride
b-belief in one's own ability to succeed
d-ability to control habit

-what you sense?
-what you can know?
-what you already know?
Rehab Ibrahim


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