Before you can start learning the basics of architecture, you need to ask yourself just one question: what are the basics of architecture? The basics of architecture revolve around certain terms that help to define what architecture as a discipline is. The first term would be space. Considerably, the main substance and element of any architectural project and it’s the main focus of affection and manipulation of every architect.
The other basic element is an idea or a concept. Great projects need to have something that will hold them together and usually, it’s an idea or a concept that determines the function of the project. The third basic term is form. The form is hard to explain but it helps to organize and determine space needed for a certain project. It’s usually a way of expression. Form and space are inseparable.
Modern age, modern terms
The next basic term is clarity or unity. Even though conceptually different in their meaning, both terms are considered to be central terms in the modern form of architecture. That leads us to the next term which is context. Not so long ago, the term for context was the site but in the modern architecture, the developers now use a term context.
Site was usually related to a physical place where a certain building will be constructed or a project will be planned. Context is almost the same only it includes much more than just a physical place. It includes social and cultural aspects, patterns of informal and formal use, demographics and the entire history of the place in question. Finally, we come to a function which is one of the primary aims of the overall design. A function is changeable and more fluid and will determine the function of the entire project.