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What is Architecture?

  • 23:00 - 24 August, 2015
  • by Rasmus Wærn & Gert Wingårdh
What is Architecture?
What is Architecture?, "Buildings are the most important traces we leave behind as people". Image © Flickr CC user onthego tours
"Buildings are the most important traces we leave behind as people". Image © Flickr CC user onthego tours

Short answer: The built image of ourselves.

Long answer: In a world of fluid, virtual values, architecture endures. The images that you, your work, your city, and your country create by building will more than likely outlive you. Buildings are the most important traces we leave behind as people. Old ones were here long before we arrived and the new ones we make will be here long after we’re gone. Architecture is a collective selfie. It’s a status that can’t be updated.

At ArchDaily, we've been asking architects the question "what is architecture" in our AD Interviews for years, so we were excited to learn of Rasmus Wærn & Gert Wingårdh's new book, "What is Architecture? And 100 Other Questions." Over the following week, we'll be sharing seven short excerpts from the book - keep an eye out for a new one each day. "What is Architecture? And 100 Other Questions" will be on sale starting September 1st.

Cite: Rasmus Wærn & Gert Wingårdh. "What is Architecture?" 24 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/772447/what-is-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884