In this chapter we will take a look at different facets of architecture—exploring the broad sweep of the discipline, the architect through the ages, and the way in which contemporary practitioners look to the past as inspiration for the present.
Architecture is a highly dynamic profession. Every architectural project responds, in some way, to cultural, historic, economic, and theoretical contexts. The balance between these will vary depending upon the specifics of the project, but architects need to consider these aspects carefully. When one looks at large, internationally recognized projects it is easy to see that these issues can become very important. Consider the design of an Olympic stadium: because of worldwide media ...