What is Music and Architecture all about?


By referencing the video “Leonard Bernstein: Young People’s Concerts – What Does Music Mean?” Bernstein wants to break all common thoughts about music and its meaning. He claims that music is about nothing, music is never about anything. Music just is. Music is notes which are put together such a way that we get pleasure of listening and hearing. When someone states a sentence we would have lots of ideas that came to our mind. But what about music? What ideas does it make us have? Notes does not tell you any ideas or stories. None of them about anything but music. They aren’t like words at all. Notes just have musical meanings. He demonstrates his ideas with an example. He plays a song which has made everyone think that its about Wild West, cowboys, horses and stuff. But that song is composed by an Italian who called Rossini that never heard about Wild West nor cowboys. And Bernstein adds that music is just written for musical reasons, no other reasons. It has written to be excited.

Additionaly, Le Corbusier depicts his ideas which are about what does architecture about and what should architects acquire, in Pure Creation of the Mind and Towards a New Architecture. Like Bernstein, Corbusier alleges that architecture does not have to be inspired by
or based on something. Architecture is about art. It doesn’t have to be practical like all engineers do. On the contrary, architects analyses  compositions, relations and harmonies of the elements. They make emotions aroused when art enters in.

I think Leonard Bernstein uses music and Le Corbusier uses a plastic art to mention same things. Both architecture and music have their own meaning whithin them. There doesn’t have to be anything else to be inspired by.


Studios Handbook


When I read the handbook of studios I realised that studio environment is the main and the crucial part of our architectural education. It is the place that we can work with and share our ideas, experiences and considerations with our colleagues. It is way too important for us to look from another perspective. These are the things that we cannot learn from a textbook. Also the studio courses are based on making, doing and producing. It means that these courses are not ”learn it in the course and apply it in your occupation life” courses. You should put the things that you learned on action immediately. And another thing which has made me think was learning on process. The point is that you should learn by doing on producing, not from product. A successfull producing process requires many researches.

Another step is attending actively to the critiques. Its a good way of listening the comments and the advises of other peers’ works. In addition, architecture is not a major like ”study before the exam from the textbook and answer the exact same questions”. It has its own juries who are going to listen our presentations and grade our projects. These are the things that were significant for me.