Architectural elements can also convey different connotations or emotional feelings. For example, a gate in a wall serves the same function of restricting passage through the portal. However, there is a difference of feeling to a wooden gate to a small walled garden, a wrought-iron cemetery gate, or a steel gate in the enclosing wall of a prison. Through their style, building materials, and environmental context, they provide different connotations.
Adrian Forty, in his book Words and Buildings, describes the various aspects of architecture that have been discussed over the years. These same aspects, or references to them, can also be communicated by architecture. They include: character, context, design, flexibility, form, formality, function, history, memory, nature, order, simplicity, space, structure, transparency, truth, type, and users.
With all these examples, it seems clear that we can indeed receive information through architecture.
The Nature of Architectural Communication
Though we may agree what we can communicate through architecture, how is that communication achieved?
The first hypothesis that comes to mind is that architecture is a kind of language???
Communication through Architecture
A Final Paper, by Zach Tomaszewski
for CIS 701, Spring 2003, taught by Dr. Majid Tehranian