The fractal pattern of self-organizing urbanism. Image Courtesy of Nikos Salingaros

The fractal pattern of self-organizing urbanism. Image Courtesy of Nikos Salingaros

I have for a while been looking for new views upon architecture and theory.

After writing my first article about the differences of the Roman and Present-time architectural process I figured out, that we need a theory to work with – an architectural believe.

At ArchDaily today, I found 2 chapters of Nikos Salingaros’ book Unified Architectural Theory. When reading it, some of my thoughts were falling into place.

I have always believed that architecture is for people and not the opposite. 130918_Unified Architectural Theory_1We build and draw to make people feel better! But how do we do that?

In Chapter 1, Nikos Salingaros says: Architecture is a human act that invades and displaces the natural ecosystem”. 130918_Unified Architectural Theory_2He believes that architecture fails when architects are detached from nature by listening to science instead of their gut reaction that Nikos Salingaros think 90 % of the time is the same across cultures and distances. Nature is where we come from and where we belong and nature gives us “…our personal and emotional connection to the universe.” And he continues “This might not matter when investigating some technical problems, but it’s all-important for things that affect us, like architecture.”

I find this and the following statement very important for my further research in improving the architectural process.

“Logically, architecture has to have a theoretical basis that begins with the natural ecosystem”.130918_Unified Architectural Theory_3

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