December 08, 2007

SWYL : What is Architecture?

Definition of "architecture" used in ANSI/IEEE Std 1471-2000 -
"The fundamental organization of a system, embodied in its components, their relationships to each other and the environment, and the principles governing its design and evolution.
My definition of "architecture" -
"Essential characteristic features, attributes and properties of an object and its surroundings/ environment to address a particular goal or desired To-Be state.
The above definition of mine comes from my understanding of architecture and from the degree of discomfort I have in terms of the differences between architecture and design.

The IEEE definition of architecture talks about components, their relationships in a given environment, and design principles. There are a lot more than just components, their relationships and principles.

Civil Architecture presents a simple analogy to the word "architecture". We can understand that the civil architecture is not all about foundation, beams, columns, roofs and walls. Its also about types of foundation, soil, cement mix ratio in the case of a concrete, diameter of iron rods used for cement concrete, thickness of beams, and so on.

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