Art vs. Architecture

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Art and Architecture is that the Art is a process of creating things of extrinsic value through emotional or aesthetic appeal and Architecture is a both the process and product of planning, designing and construction.

  • Art

    Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.

    The three classical branches of art are painting, sculpture and architecture. Music, theatre, film, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature and other media such as interactive media, are included in a broader definition of the arts. Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences. In modern usage after the 17th century, where aesthetic considerations are paramount, the fine arts are separated and distinguished from acquired skills in general, such as the decorative or applied arts.

    Though the definition of what constitutes art is disputed and has changed over time, general descriptions mention an idea of imaginative or technical skill stemming from human agency and creation. The nature of art and related concepts, such as creativity and interpretation, are explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.

  • Architecture

    Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings or any other structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.

  • Art (noun)

    The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colours, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the senses and emotions, usually specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.

    “There is a debate as to whether graffiti is art or vandalism.”

  • Art (noun)

    Skillful creative activity, usually with an aesthetic focus.

    “She’s mastered the art of programming.”

  • Art (noun)

    The study and the product of these processes.

    “He’s at university to study art.”

  • Art (noun)

    Aesthetic value.

    “Her photographs are nice, but there’s no art in them.”

  • Art (noun)


    “Sotherby’s regularly auctions art for millions.”

  • Art (noun)

    A field or category of art, such as painting, sculpture, music, ballet, or literature.

    “I’m a great supporter of the arts.”

  • Art (noun)

    A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.

  • Art (noun)

    Skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation.

  • Art (noun)

    Contrivance, scheming, manipulation.

  • Architecture (noun)

    The art and science of designing and managing the construction of buildings and other structures, particularly if they are well proportioned and decorated.

    “The architecture throughout NYC is amazing.”

    “Architecture is the visual public expression of a culture’s achievements, values, and outlook. ― Max Roscoe, “How Your City Is Killing You With Ugliness””

  • Architecture (noun)

    The profession of an architect.

  • Architecture (noun)

    Any particular style of building design.

  • Architecture (noun)

    Construction, in a more general sense; frame or structure; workmanship.

  • Architecture (noun)

    A unifying structure.

  • Architecture (noun)

    A specific model of a microchip or CPU.

    “The Intel architectures have more software written for them.”

  • Architecture (noun)

    The structure and design of a system or product.

    “The architecture of the company’s billing system is designed to support its business goals.”


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