Bihishtābād

The History, Art and Architecture of the Mughal Empire

The Question of Beauty in Architecture

Is the subject of Allain de Botton’s talk at Gersham College, which also posts a variety of other interesting lectures across disciplines.

There is a lovely quote from John Ruskin: ‘A good building must do two things,’ he says, ‘firstly, it must shelter us, and then secondly, it must also speak to us; speak to us of all the things that we think of as most important, and that we need to be reminded of on a day-to-day basis.’  In other words, architecture has a kind of memorial or communicative function.  We want our churches to talk to us of churchy things, we want our libraries to communicate feelings of rest and concentrated study, etc. and we will be as upset by failures in those areas as we will be upset by a leaking roof.

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