The Barnard+Columbia | Architecture Society’s annual publication, TKTNK showcases the work of architecture and design students across the 116th street campus.
Here’s a retrospective into last year’s issue: Portfolio.
Before the architect begins his work, he must first have an understanding of his individual responsibility; each designer is tasked to develop a concrete solution to a current problem—whatever it may be. Herein lies the beauty of architecture: it necessitates the rationalization of the presently irrational, the emotional, and the fleeting.
Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. It is the attempt to reconcile space, time, and movement, but the operative word here is yearn. To be timeless means to transcend the impossible. And before the architect begins his work, he must also understand the true, insurmountable nature of this greater assignment. It is beyond the means of any mortal to develop a solution to stand the test of time, one that remains efficient, workable, and contemporarily exquisite. Thus the adage: art is never finished.
Still, this is not to say that he does not feel compelled to try. He feels the necessity of completing his work to a point that will solve the issue at hand. In that endeavor he strives, also, toward the impossible. And with that attempt, his work is complete.