Architecture: a Concern of Beautiful Engineering, or Simply an Expression of Functional Fine Art?
I just went through the new students analysis by the Architecture Department student organization captain and found a statement that there is an unseen ‘gap’ between our department and the rest of the Faculty of Engineering.
This statement poked a part of my brain with a simple question that has been stuck in the back of my head ever since i decided to study architecture:
is it engineering-related, or purely design?
The issue of the rector moving our department to a new arts and culture faculty has also triggered this increasingly curious question.
The question might have been resolved by combining the two sufficiently. Yet, since there is no such basic discipline other than architecture that i know of that can combine the two sides of the brain as amazingly, I guess separating architecture would ideally need a new whole kind of faculty: The Faculty of Architecture.
Because unlike in overseas, developed countries where architecture is regarded as mostly a discipline of designing, Indonesians prefer to take it as engineering or better, a part of landscape or land planning.
Engineering, judging from the workload of our non-architecture fellows in the international program, is the art of applying math into things that helps the human race to improve, grow, and make the most out of the resources, possibilities and energy that is available on our limited humane world. Architecture, is a part of it, only, as our previous Visual Art lecturer used to say: with the soul. There is an unwritten power that architects possess that allow them to put beauty into what used to be only skeleton-like structures and bland cave walls. To achieve calculated visual grace.
Nevertheless, this power can only be achieved with the expertise, and therefore, good acquaintances with engineering brainiacs (especially the civil engineering people).
Then again, such thing can still be achieved without the need to stay in the same faculty and hence experience the collateral damage of studying subjects we would never really need to personally solve like, uhm, Linear Algebra and such.
So, while staying in the Faculty of Engineering can broaden our reach of possible future mathematical concerns and reliable bases,
moving on to the new Faculty of Arts and Culture might gain us the efficiency of exploring more of out of our own and others’ architectural possibilities, letting all the cals and maths be taken care of later by necessary number-related experts.
So, what do you think? Is moving to a new, more relaxed and ‘mind-opening’ faculty will help us improve, or should we stay and work out the balance with what we have evidently surviving with for the last decades of years?