Architecture can be functional, decorative or symbolic?


Where art and money meet there has always been a debate regarding quantification of the creative products being produced. But, to begin to appreciate creative contributions to society one only has to reflect on the vast offerings shaping our environment.


Like public art, architecture is endowed with its own difficulties. Unlike public art, architectural structures are usually brought about lacking a democratic process involving the community. They are often privately funded and as such do not follow the same democratic protocol which relies on the support of the community. Although architecture often needs to follow some guidelines or restrictions regarding location continuity, a building can be erected that completely disregards established architecture in favor of an imposing form. But, the idea of architecture is changing to include green concerns and alternative living spaces. This approach to architecture departs from the notion of the traditional egocentric dominating structure in favor of the pedestrian.

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