Architecture viii

Crafting, constraining, weaving, recording , but not completing

At the turn of the twentieth century, the mathematician and physicist Henri Poincaré defined two types of truth: scientific or ethical. A scientific truth is demonstrable while an ethical truth is felt and together these form the totality of human experience. In this lecture series we shall explore five themes which form part of that human experience and in particular architectural experience. We shall explore notions familiar to every architect but perhaps not sufficiently discussed: craft, constraints, weaving, the making of history and incompleteness. They do not claim to construct a theory but rather ask certain questions about how the world is made and how the architect contributes to its unending experiment.