Architecture at its best is composition. By that, I mean that whatever humans build provides punctuation marks in nature, somewhat like the punctuation marks that give grammatical composition to prose. Words alone mean little until their composition renders them into poetry and gives it form. Architecture does the same. It gives form to place, i.e. place within nature. Humans build what nature suggests but does not provide. With architecture, humans punctuate their natural habitat, rendering it “poetic”. Thus we “dwell”.
Of course, it would not suffice to be so literal when comparing architecture to prose. Poetry does not have physical form. It fathoms the minds of humans, enrapturing them with intangibles. So does music, but music also has space. Musical space is intangible. Space in architecture, however, is physical, tangible, defined and cognitive. Architecture has tangible use value coupled with intangible benefits. Architectural space provides the syntax for human activity. It is the threshold where nature and mankind, form and purpose, poetry and life come together. – Ayub H. Patel