Architecture is one remarkable human endeavor, one of the means through which
we try to creat order and make sense of our endlessly intriguing, yet messy world. And to
provide ourselves with shelter. We all live and work in buildings. From the humblest to
the sublime, there is no reason why any of these should be less than inspiring even in
small ways. The turn of a stair, the way sunlight falls through windows
Except on rare escapes to desert landscapes, or hiking high in the mountains, orsailing the open seas, most people are surrounded by buildings. in memorizingpatterns on the floor, Materials cool to the touch in the heat of summer, the rhythm of anarcade, and the pregnant quality of a dome. Birds build nests of great sophistication, bees build hives with an innate sence ofgeometry. At its best, Architecture, whisch is differentfrom mere building, lifts our spirits and sends shivers down our spines; at its worst, itbelittles us, although it really shouldn"tmt. This art might offend and baffle as well as delight. People on the other hand, developed architecture. This is, to be blunt, thescience and art of building, or to be more poetic, the moment that a building is imbuedwith a knowing magic that tranforms it from a mere shelter into that of a self-consciouswork of art. There is, though, adifference - a very important one - between building and architecture. Yet from themagnificence of the Parthenon and the graciousness of the temples of Mahabalipuram,through the soaring ambition of medevial Gothic cathedrals to the skyscrapers of thetwentieth century, Architecture is a continually evolving art.