One of the most challenging questions for the contemporary architectural
discourse is the problem of meaning: can architecture regain its traditional role as
an essentially narrative art, or has it become primarily an abstract, autonomous
technological discipline? Have the radical changes in modern culture, and in the
domain of architectural technology, theory and practice of the last two centuries,
irrevocably curtailed architecture’s power to communicate about some of the
more profound aspects of the human condition, to play an ethical role in our lives?