The Concept of Theory in Architecture
there exist different conceptions of the word “theory” in architecture. Many scholars agree that architecture theory consists in the attempt to formulate the maxims, the rules and percepts that govern the practice of builder. Such percepts assume that we already know what we want to achieve. Thus, the nature of architecture success is not at issue; the question is, rather, how best to achieve it. A theory of architecture has negative effects on aesthetics only if claims a universal validity, for then it must aim to capture the essence, and not the accidents, of architecture beauty. However, such a theory is implicitly philosophical, and must be judged accordingly.
what is presented as the basis for architecture in general and designing in particular lacks the rigor, testability, reaction to failure, and accountability demands. Most of what is called theory in architecture is either hypothesis incapable of being tested, or is a model of such simplicity that it lacks explanatory power. Without its suppositions and its instrumental aspects, any course of theoretical instruction, any theoretical suggestion about the worlds, or any presentation of principles claiming to explain the essence of what we do as architects is not worth mentioning. perhaps the worth of theory does not relate to its practicality, but its role to encourage and revitalize architecture by questioning it. In other words, it is believed that, for all its claims and novel techniques, contemporary theory may not revise one single principle of the architectural tradition. However, unless the tradition is tested, unless its vitality is proven again and again, it will certainly lose its influence. That is, contemporary architectural theory is believed to explain the preconceptions,
sociohistorical aspects, authorities values within which architecture is fixed.
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