Bezalel's Compass

September 19, 2012

What is Classical Architecture?

Filed under: Architecture, Education of an architect — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 1:58 am

Definitions are known to be ambiguous and are often tied to usage in particular group settings. For example, what is classical architecture? The term “classical” can be used in a variety of ways. As an example, one might say, “I like classical architecture”. Does this suggest an analogous relationship to classical literature and classical philosophy, and accordingly denote a specific historical and geographic context, namely the high period of academia of both Greece and Rome? Or is all architecture throughout time subsequent to the Greco-Roman period that makes specific reference to those precedents what we mean by classical? Or lastly, do we mean, apart from its historic and geographic grounding, the underlying and formal principles that make up a specific canon of architecture of which Greco-Roman architecture participated in. All three uses are common parlance and in need of more refined clarity.


September 18, 2012

THE POETICS OF CHRISTENDOM: The Trinity, the Incarnation and the Origin of Architectural Creation


My many heartfelt thanks to Thomas Gordon Smith who taught me that an architect’s vocation is fundamentally one of servant-hood – who taught me that the origin of the work of great architecture exists in that space between a patron and his servant. It is here that the virtuous architect mediates the Christ-like role as both teacher and servant. Wisdom determines when the architect is which, but architecture is still always a communal event. This, in the end, is the Christian’s lifelong walk along the road that has just begun. Soli Deo Gloria.

March 26, 2012

Process Drawings for a Presbyterian Church

Design for a Library in Rome in Monochrome

February 24, 2012

Schematic Drawings for a Kentucky Monestary

January 12, 2012

Incarnation and the Arts

Filed under: Education of an architect, In Other's Words, On Existence and Time — Tags: , — Eric G. Ivers @ 5:27 pm

“The Incarnation, had it note been necessary to man’s redemption, would have been necessary to his art”.

Charles Williams – Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind

January 9, 2012

Chiesa di Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Education of an architect, Praise — Tags: , — Eric G. Ivers @ 3:20 pm

Chiesa di Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, a beautiful Baroque masterpiece by Francesco Borromini.

July 20, 2011

Life’s a Payne

Filed under: Drawing on Life, Education of an architect, In Other's Words — Eric G. Ivers @ 6:20 am

“I’ve decided the act that cannot wait
Is the important will to create.
But, ah, if my belly is ignored,
The pantry door I shall implore.
But I’ve been known to reach the bed,
Ideas still famished in my head.” –Roman Payne

June 29, 2011

Allan Greenberg on Church Architecture

Filed under: Architecture, Education of an architect — Eric G. Ivers @ 4:08 am

April 25, 2011

Sweet Timelapse From a Favorite Architecture Firm

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Drawing on Life, Education of an architect — Eric G. Ivers @ 5:25 am

The Three Classicists from on Vimeo.

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