Architectural Aesthetics and Cultural Aesthetics – Pattern Language are two halves of a single work, forming an undividable whole. While Architectural Aesthetics provides a theoretical framework – a dictionary into the fundamental concepts related to cultural aesthetics in architectural arena, the second book suggests a formal, visual, culturally sensitive guide or language – a possible pattern for planning and designing of single residential units. In parallel, it is a form of an architectural atlas as it contains a representative collection – exhibits of cross cultural, modern and contemporary examples of single residential units. On a larger scale, it establishes a connection between architectural form and composition on one side, and socio-cultural patterns of living on another, introducing cultural specific aesthetics in architectural design.
The book initially aims to identify if cultural variations can be acknowledged in architectural elements, form and composition, questioning if areas/elements of similarities or opposing differences can be identified. Furthermore it questions if and which architectural elements have aesthetic value in different cultures and what is the reasoning behind it. Finally it analysis if cultural diversity is a disappearing concept in contemporary architectural visual language.
Attempting to reveal extent or existence of universality of aesthetic phenomenology which goes beyond any cultural specification, this book identifies common elements of architectural visual language. On the other hand, cross-cultural differences, contribute to the ‘disappearing’ concept of cultural diversity, which is particularly important for the present day globalization trend that seriously threatens to erase cultural distinctiveness and uniqueness. Aside from the contribution to theory of cultural aesthetics in architecture, defined similarities and differences, or pattern language can be used in practice as consideration for cultural sensitive housing design in mentioned societies, aiming to achieve positive valued perception and greater architectural longevity.