Mechanics is the branch of physics concerned with the behavior of physical bodies when subjected to forces or displacements, and the subsequent effects of the bodies on their environment while architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing and construction.
Measurement gives birth to thought about architectural technology as mechanics. Interpretation of human experience of the tangible form of these technologies gives birth ot thought of architectural technology as meaning. Mechanics allow the way in which tasks are performed by building technologies to be quantified.
Architects cannot do without the powerful view of technology presented by mechanics because buildings do need to work in an empirical nature. This viewpoint is such a compelling advocate for its own kind of contribution to design that it is often assumed to be the sum of what constitutes architectural technology
Mechanics is one of the oldest sciences,its origin and development are inseparably linked with the development of the productive forces of society and with practical needs. Statics developed before the other branches of mechanics, mainly in response to the requirements of civil engineering. It may be assumed that elementary data on statics (the properties of the simplest machines) were known several thousand years before the Common Era.
Three laws of architectural order are obtained by analogy from basic physical principles They are checked in three different ways: (1) by agreeing directly with the greatest historical buildings of all time; (2) by agreeing with 15 properties abstracted by Alexander from creations throughout human history; and (3) by agreeing with physical and biological forms.
Architecture is an expression and application of geometrical order. One would expect the subject to be described by mathematics and physics, but it is not. There is no accepted formulation of how order is achieved in architecture. Considering that architecture affects mankind through the built environment more directly than any other discipline, we have concentrated on understanding natural inanimate and biological structures, but not the systematic patterns (mechanisms) reflected in our own constructions.
Architectural engineering is the branch of engineering dealing primarily with building materials and components and with the design of structural systems for buildings, in contrast to heavy construction such as bridges. It is a discipline that deals with the technological aspects of buildings, including the properties and behavior of building materials and components, foundation design, structural analysis and design, environmental system analysis and design, construction management, and building operation.
Architectural acoustics embraces acoustical analysis, design, and control in new and existing buildings. Acoustical services that architects may be involved with can be categorized into one or more of the following groups: Product and materials testing, measurement, and reporting, control of noise related to transportation systems, control of noise from building systems, environmental noise control within and near buildings, vibration and seismic control, electronic reinforcement and enhancement of sound (electroacoustics).
From the very outset of any building development, the selection of the site, the location of buildings on the site, and even the arrangement of spaces within the building can, and often do, influence the extent of the acoustical problems involved. The materials and construction elements that shape the finished spaces will also determine how sounds will be perceived in that space as well as how they will be transmitted to adjacent spaces.
Quantum theory is our basic theory of the physical world. All construction is quantum construction and our experience of our buildings changes reflecting changes on our consciousness even before new materials and methods of construction come into play.
In the period of classic modernism, from the 1920s through the 1940s, there was an intense awareness of the impact of relativistic space-time on architecture as evidenced in Gideon's Space Time and Architecture . We today are in the midst of an equally revolutionary upheaval in our awareness of space and time (quantum mechanics), yet we have not systematically rethought this most fundamental aspect of architecture.