Chapter 1: The Study of what we built

We were asked to read the book ” A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals” by Spiro Kostof chapter by chapter throughout this semester. This book is mainly about his ideas about architecture; how it should be understood, observed etc. And, here I am writing about the first chapter:

The first chapter strongly underlines the relationship of history and architecture. history is consisting of a lot different fields as politics, strategies, economy or architecture. All these concepts are created by mankind and the mixture of all these concepts forms the richness in history.

Then, there is a part where it says while analysing the building we should consider all factors; enviromental factors like the height or the location,the nature, the dominant architectural concept at that time or the technology of the materials of the time being. The surroundings of the buildings also affect the building. In the book, Kostof said the building it pre-determined how it is going to be built just by looking its surroundings.

Architecture has its own language which let people throughout all the history can communicate. We can understand the sketches, the plans, the sections; shortly the drawings of a building even though we have no idea of their own native language.

Lastly, we have some different ways to learn about the history of architecture. We can learn from some written documents like litteraire masterpieces; books or journals or from the contracts between the client( ex: the king) and the architect or some financial records which states the required materials to built a structure. As stated above, we can also learn from  written architectural resources as drawing of a building. These sources give different information of different characteristics of a building. In order to prove that a building exists, we must crosscheck all these resources and verify an information we found in one with another one.

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