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Discuss the role of architecture as art in terms of the four roles of an artist with a real world example.

According to Webster’s dictionary, architecture is defined as “an art or science of building.” While I believe buildings are mostly engineering processes, structures can be artistic. Architecture comes with design and design usually has some kind of creative element to it. This creativity to reflect the architect’s artistic ability in a building, the thought processes, functional aspects, is art. There is a lot of effort put into making a building. Apart from the engineering process and scientific principles of manipulating mass, volume, materials, and pragmatic elements such as keeping in mind cost, technology, an architect has to be creative to make the building or structures very pleasurable to view. This is because architecture, in essence, fulfills all the roles of an artist. I believe architecture primarily reflects the history, time, culture of the people, technology, and is very symbolic of that time in several different ways.
Several examples can be attributed to the artistic roles of architecture. I personally love the fig 494 on page 370 of our text. It is structure called Turning Torso Residential Tower in Sweden. This particular building reflects the third and fourth role of artists of making the structure pleasurable and give hidden meaning of stronger powers. Another impressive building is the Burj Khalifa (fig 501, pg 373, name changed in 2010) in Dubai that is the tallest building in the world as of now demonstrating again third and fourth role of artists demonstrating pleasurable views and giving meaning of freedom. Both of the above examples also show second role of artists which is creating a visual record. These buildings create history and become important part of history and reflect the technology.
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