The Art of Architecture

loading Can Penang tolerate and respect relics from different periods so that new and old things can stay in harmony for future contemplation? Photo: Mei Chee Seong.

ONE TENDS VERY unfairly not to associate creativity with architecture. This could simply be because buildings are so much larger than other creative products. Large amounts of money are usually involved, a lot of negotiations are needed, and many permits are required. The architect is always subject to many restrictions. In that perhaps understandable sense, the label of “artist” is often not applied to architects. Their products do not only have to comply with regulations, they also have to meet the requirements of investors. At the same time though, working with that much space and so much resources should afford architects ...

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