The Alpha and Omega in Architecture

by Sydney Franklin


It is very difficult to find architecture in a building, because you have to see it in ephemeral qualities such as proportions, the sequence of spaces or that most difficult phenomenon of all, space. Architecture, in other words, becomes completely abstract when it is built. It is then up to the critic or interpreter to tease architecture back out of the building. This is where writing takes over...

If one loves writing, and believes it is as good a tool to evoke space or any of the other elements of which buildings consist, one must liberate one's self from buildings...

[Fictional architecture] moves us beyond buildings, in time and space as well as in the possibilities non-built buildings can offer... It is also fleeting. We can only make it our own place in our mind and with our eyes...

...For now, let us remember that the Bible teaches us that in the beginning was the word and in the end there will be nothing. In-between we are stuck with buildings, and we have to make the most of that. Telling good stories, as the Bible does, might not be a bad way to be in that built reality.

-Aaron Betsky