Do buildings have souls? I once interviewed an architecture professor who introduced me to the idea that buildings have souls. According to him an architectural concept for any building should be a metaphor or image for the dreams and values of the people who will use that building.
Articulating and defining the soul of a building is a process that needs to include as many of the people who will inhabit the finished structure as possible.
I asked the architect I interviewed, how we could know for certain that a building accurately reflected the ‘soul’ of the community it housed. He told me the ‘soul’ of a building could not be measured. It was something that could be discerned only with the heart.