a writing and architecture workshop
The link above is to The Poetry of the Language, a chapter in A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander et. al. In this introduction Alexander makes an extremely direct comparison between language and architecture, apparently claiming that the rules of one medium may be applied to the other. Architecture is not like a language i.e. a metaphor, but is literally considered a language itself. Though their is little intrinsically wrong with his conclusions towards language and architecture when considered separately – he espouses compression, public and private intersection and the ordinary – the muddling of analyses of two very distinct media, each with their own sets of rules and realities, often serves to reduce the potential of both.
However, though flawed as an approach to understanding the role of language in architecture it is worthy of notice and discussion.