We believe that places of meaning emerge from a dialogue between art + science. Every project under taken requires reconciling poetry with rigor, idealism with reality and beauty with utility.

{We are at the center of this exchange.}


 

The engineer’s aesthetic, and architecture are two things that march together and follow one from the other. The one being now at its full height, the other in an unhappy state of retrogression. The engineer, INSPIRED by the law of economy and governed by mathematical calculation, puts us in accord with universal law. He achieves harmony. The architect, by his arrangement of forms, realizes an order which is a pure creation of his spirit, by forms and shapes he affects our senses to an acute degree and PROVOKES PLASTIC EMOTIONS. By the relationships which he creates, he wakes profound echoes in us, he gives us the MEASURE OF AN ORDER which we feel to be in accordance with that of our world.. He determines the VARIOUS MOVEMENTS OF OUR HEART and of our understanding. It is then, that we experience the SENSE OF BEAUTY. Our eyes are constructed to enable us to see forms in light. Primary forms are beautiful forms because they can be clearly appreciated.

Architects today no longer achieve these simple forms. Working by calculation, engineers employ geometrical forms, satisfying our eyes by their geometry and our understanding by their mathematics, their work is on the direct line of good art. THESE ARE FORMS ASSEMBLED IN THE LIGHT. A MASS is enveloped in its SURFACE, a surface which is divided up according to the directing and generating lines mass. architecture is the soul of the built enviroment, it is THE MOTHER ART. This gives the MASS its individuality. Architects today are afraid of the geometrical constituents of surfaces.

-Le Corbusier,

© 1931  Towards a New Architecture