Without process there is no architecture, only ideas. The process is an intrinsic part of the science of buildings and more than just mere technology, encompassing both the correct method of construction and choice of element. It is the language with which all architecture is made end, like words, with correct use it can translate ideas into poetry.
Throughout history, process has strongly influenced form, but its role must be considered that of servant, not master, and in the hierarchy of design it is less important than understanding the nature of the problem. Without a problem there is no need for a process.
The architect must understand and control the machinery –the instruments that build buildings- where necessary developing and inventing new ones. Modern machines have their own disciplines, they have developed out of traditional tools and can be organized to produce any number of sophisticated or discreet, individual repetitive components. Only by studying and controlling the means of productions and by creating a precise technological language will the architect keep control of the design and construction of a building. The correct use of building process disciplines the building form, giving it scale and grain.
Architecture is made of pieces. Writing about technology, Renzo Piano referred into the Centre Pompidou: “I believe that is quite mistaken to consider this building as a triumph of technology. Attention: it is not! This is a building of profound craftsmanship, practically made piece by piece. Its craftsmanship is that of every prototype. However, the techniques and process obviously belong to today’s culture. Nothing in Beabourg is casual; everything was designed with a meticulous approach”.
The Process of Building. Richard Rogers From “Observations on Architecture”, Richard Rogers + Architects, Academy Editions,
From “Observations on Architecture”, Richard Rogers + Architects, Academy Editions,
Richard Rogers es, finalmente y con gran justicia, el ganador del Pritzker Prize 2007
Fotografías: Detalle del Centro Pompidou y vista del Bordeaux Law Courts
Seleccionado y Editado por el arq. Martín Lisnovsky