The Products of Architecture Buildings

Architects design buildings for individual clients. The buildings serve many purposes but, possibly, the primary purpose is to create a return on capital monies. Property developers have learnt that having a famous architect design their buildings enhances their investment. The public interest is not of concern to them or their architects unless it enhances profitability or if it is encoded in building regulations. A building affords and shelters specific activities but it is also a display of an architect's talents and the best way of displaying a building is as an object in space to be admired.

The borderline between large, multi-building architectural schemes and urban design is often fuzzy. I suspect the designers of Rockefeller Center saw the complex as an architectural project. If the term 'urban design' had, however, been coined in the 1930s, perhaps they would have regarded it as an urban design scheme. Rockefeller Center has been classified as a total urban design in this book (see Chapter 7) but its architects may have seen it as an all-of-a-piece urban design. They may not have liked to have been seen as one team of associated architects rather than a set of creative individuals each producing a building of note. Much the same can be said about the Lincoln Center (see Figure 7.7).

When urban design is considered to be a high architectural art the concern in design is often reduced to how to express in geometrical forms and materials a

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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