Architecture + History
“To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.”
– Daniel Libeskind
Whether architecture is an art form can be debated, but it is most definitely a medium. And because it is a medium, we can use architecture to communicate. In Libeskind’s quote, the word “parody” likely means more “to imitate” than “to satirize.” Although we learn through imitation, architecture can always be improved upon.
Architecture is a profession, and as with all professions, there are inherent responsibilities. As architects, we are responsible to communicate the lessons learned in history by improving upon them.