Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsIt is one of the oldest crafts in the world uncomparable to others, but it is the one that enabled humans to build homes; therefore, since their existence, first as cave dwellers and then increasingly beyond the element of nature, humans have transformed the condition of nature into a condition of culture by building, stone by stone, and thus providing spirit, reason and geometry to the need for living. Architecture is precisely the instrument that organizes the space of human life, broadly speaking. It is true that we

Skip to 1 minute and 7 secondsbuild, but by building we also define a limit, and thus also a void: the void that we use especially in cities is indeed a

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsbuilding, we do not build only the physical volume: the relationships among volumes determine what are public squares, boulevards, clearings, and public places in general, because these are not used directly. Thus, the profession of the architect is the one that organises the living space of humans.

The craft of the architect

Interviewer’s question: “Mario Botta, architect. What is this craft of the architect?”

In this video, Mario Botta introduces his concept of the craft of the architect and of architecture: architecture is an instrument that organizes the space of human life, thus transforming the condition of nature into a condition of culture. To do so, the architect does not build only physical volumes, but defines also limits, i.e., voids.

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Mario Botta: To Be an Architect

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