Do architects design walls, space, or emptiness?

This article https://lnkd.in/gP58unk talks about the amazing things being done to combine Information technology and building materials to enhance the experience of entering a building.

It reminded me of a passage in the 1943 book ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand; a book that is a bit of a rite of passage for architects to read.

“The intrinsic significance of our craft lies in the philosophical fact that we deal in nothing. We create emptiness through which certain physical bodies are to move – we shall designate them for convenience as humans. By emptiness I mean what is commonly know as rooms. Thus it is only the crass layman who thinks that we put up stone walls. We do nothing of the kind. We put up emptiness.”

This article expands on this https://lnkd.in/gUdcKar and also gives an interesting explanation of why architects often do not include people in photos of their ‘creations’….studies show that human perception is ‘human-centric’, and if there are humans in an image, a painting, or a photograph, our brains make it extremely tough for us to get a sense of the place.

And I thought we left them out because they were distracting from our ‘creation’…. 😉

Peter Schreuder, Managing Director