Development of Architecture
On the Concept of Life:::
Love and Hope always exist in life and are an indispensible part of life. Death is the ultimate stage of life.
The study has showed that the development of architecture took place on the basis of Life, Love, Hope and death. This might sound a little philosophical but that is how architecture has been born and developed.
Sounds interesting…! Let us open up our imagination and give it a thought. How did architecture actually develop? What was the primary reason for its development?
All of us have read History books in school where we learnt about the stone age man and his gradual evolution to becoming an intelligent creature.
In earlier times, man lived in jungles with the wild beasts. He knew that he had to protect himself from the harsh changing weather and the wild animals around him since he wanted to survive and live safely.
Initially man started looking for ready made dwellings (nature made).
For example: Rock cut caves, dolmen etc.
Early man did not have a permanent shelter. He kept wandering from place to place for food. Wherever, the rock cut caves were not an option, he started using reeds for building huts and saplings for making tents sheathed on bark.
Gradually, the ancient cave man started advancing by trying different building materials for the construction of homes.
And today, all of us are aware of the amazing constructions happening around the world. Various mansions, palaces, skyscrapers, various types of buildings. The advancement in technology has changed the scenario of architecture.
Now let us move on to the next point…
Taj Mahal, Agra, India – one of the seven wonders of the world. Everyone is aware of the history of the construction of this splendid monument.
Emperor Shah Jahan of Delhi, built this splendid monument as a token of love for his beloved wife Mumtaz.
So this was about “Development of architecture” because of Love.
Next comes HOPE…
What do you think? How could hope have really helped in the development of Architecture.
Well, I will make it easier. Hope falls under the category of Spiritualism. When we pray, we always hope that things would get better.
PRAYING is the key word here…
Various religious buildings such as temples, mosques and Churches have been constructed all over the world. Construction of shrines all over the world has been seen.
Let us take the finest example of HOPE for the development of architecture:
“The Great Pyramids of Egypt”
They were constructed to preserve the dead bodies of royal people in the form of mummies with the only hope that they will secure immortality some day and will come back to life.
DEATH… the ultimate end to LIFE…
It is clearly evident that the result of death and its influence of architecture is towards the construction of tombs and various monumental buildings in the memory of great people.
Raj Ghat at Delhi was built in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi
Indian War Memorial at Delhi
Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur
Statue of Gomateshwara at Sravanbelgola
“Architecture is indeed a splendid field. It not only provided homes for the living creatures but also shrines for the Gods and tombs for the dead”.