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Spaces that trigger emotions alter the behavior of people. Architecture aims at influencing human behavior by space creations.
The creation of space incorporates the debate about the dialogue between dream and reality. We must use the hidden surrealistic potential of our environment to awaken basic emotions.
Function and purpose define architecture as a practical arrangement, while form defines architecture as a manifestation of apparition. The world of appariation that we cannot exist without (Max Horkheimer), is a psychological issue related to form.
Form - as a pattern of perception - can motivate the use of architecture. Architecture provides a complete service for its users, if function (practical purpose) coincides with use motivated by form.
The central problem of architecture is space. Space is essential for the individual and for the community. This is equally true for the small space (the capsule) as well as for the large space (the city).
Per definition, architecture is a service for the whole human being. As such, architecture includes a material and an immaterial aspect; it has to meet rational and irrational requirements.
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Justus Dahinden is a notable Swiss architect, teacher and writer about architecture.
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