Architecture: expression of signs
Everything we perceive stimulates an emotional reaction in us; using our senses and faculty of reason, we move from mere contemplation to the interpretation of those perceptions. The architect communicates through integrated sequences of forms, rhythms and colors that harmonize with the observer’s ability to interpret. In order to do this, he/she makes use of logical connections founded on his/her multi-disciplinary training and personal cultural awareness. As in many other expressions of human activity, in architecture we must consider fields of perception defined by the relationship between individual objects and the relationship of those objects to the whole. It is a dialogue within which a good architect operates, using creativity to organize into a whole the disparate elements provided by existing buildings, construction techniques and materials.
Thus the building appears as a set of sign offered to our perception in the form of spaces and objects; these are then united by laws that determine the balance between them. As observers of a building, we use these characteristics, and our own very personal values and experience, to decipher a building and understand what lies behind its physical appearance.