Response 3 – Book Report/Review Example

of the Architecture of the Teacher 15 February Response Joseph Rykwert in his essay Meaning and Building brings in a sense of purpose, art and vision in the arena architecture. The crux of this essay is that architecture indeed happens to be a predominantly human and visionary discipline, rather than being a mere mundane and trivial need for an abode or premises. In that sense it does need to be acknowledged that Shashi Caan’s approach to modern architecture is indeed imbued with much gravity, solemnity and wisdom. It gives a new flip to the hitherto left and unconcluded modernist agenda. It does need to be mentioned that the ideas presented by Rykwert in Meaning and Building are not merely confined to the realm of ideas, but he does take the pains to analyze and interpret those ideas in a historical and artistic context. It does facilitate much substance to the queries delving on the meaning and purpose underlying modern architecture. Rykwert has indeed put in immense research and effort to delve on the purpose and locations signifying cities and buildings during varied historical periods.
It is indeed true that Thomas Barrie in his essay Symbols, Structures and Rituals once again endows to the discipline of architecture a much larger purpose and relevance than merely envisioning structures as buildings and abodes. The somewhat similar views albeit in a secular context do reverberate in Roland Barthes’ essay. According to Barrie, architecture since times immemorial has been much more than about contriving buildings. Barrie does convey in this essay that architecture could and may be used as a means of extending expression to salient human values, truths and ethics. These attributes of architecture tend to be significantly more discernible and evident in the holy, theological or sacred architecture. The religious buildings and structures could come out as evident archetypical frameworks giving expression to salient human questions and queries. In other words architecture could have a sacred soul and a gaping sense of mission.