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Friday, February 10, 2017

Strategic Architecture

Architecture collects and correlates isolated information to reconcile complexity and confusion with logic and talent. The form, function, and appearance of a building symbolize this complicated process. The increasing focus on fine art emphasizes appearance, but does not transfer knowledge for improvement by future generations.

This is not an attempt to abandon fine art. It is an attempt to place it in the context of a creative process that can be taught. Talent will always die with the owner. Knowledge can be inherited, and improvement will enhance the contribution of exceptional talent and its many peers.

An architect is not an engineer, although it could be argued that he/she engages in systems engineering. This is a fancy term for creation of a logical strategy that correlates the contributions from many related technical disciplines. The result is project completion, but this is no longer the goal. Project completion represents the cellular formation of an artificial environment across the face of a planet that is no longer a world without end.

Architecture has been occupied with schematic design for shelter at the cellular level of The Built Domain, and this has contributed to an unlimited, pathogenic anatomy we call sprawl. If you believe that we must learn to shelter the activities of growing populations within a limited Built Domain that protects their quality and source of life – The Natural Domain, then you may agree that architecture has an expanded role to play. It involves strategic planning for schematic design within a limited Built Domain, and this has the potential to protect the public interest. Strategic architecture involves the science of city design,[1] and it can be taught, improved, and inherited. The form, function, and appearance of schematic design that rests on its foundation will begin to symbolize a new Symbiotic Period of human awareness.

[1] Hosack, Walter M., The Science of City Design, CreateSpace, 2016. (Available in paperback and e-book versions from

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