Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The Environment of RPI
Why do you want to attend RPI?
As a human being, one has the ability to conceptualize inside of the mind and to use this ability to physically create art of any medium. It is only a matter of being able to harness this ability either for oneself or for the good of society. As of yet, I think that I have used my artistic abilities towards the assistance or enjoyment of society. The one thing I wish to achieve as an architect is to make the most potent contribution possible to society, which is not to impress people, but to inspire them and instigate creative thought within their minds.
The action of impressing someone is not contributory to society; it is merely an ephemeral achievement. When someone becomes simply impressed by the achievement of another; it signifies the end of the chain of artistic inspiration. Many can impress upon others with an achievement; in terms of architecture, there are many impressive buildings. Quite simply, these buildings are a demonstration of force and self-indulgence as if they were body builders competing with one another to prove themselves against the others. This "bodybuilder" affect requires no deep thought from the viewer and may even overwhelm some.
A building does not need to be impressive to be noticed....
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