About architecture and its philosophy

Peter Havaš

The author presents here his personal ideas concerning architectural design and its philosophy, starting from the basic meaning of architecture – from serving the users’ needs. The difference between physical and “moral” lifetime of architecture brings the need of variability of the current buildings and interiors. Another discussed problem is the modernity of architecture. The development of architecture of the 20th century is described in detail and the author believes that the principles and language of the functionalist architecture are still alive. He states that the principles of architectural designing, which were defined by Hannes Meyer and Walter Gropius, are the base of the current architectural education on the Slovak Technical University. The postmodernism is felt as an illness in this context.

Keywords: functionalism, modernism, postmodernism, life, variability, architecture, design philosophy