Archtecture is NOT frozen music, it's a tree!
Goethe wrote that "architecture is like frozen music" and while very poetic I think it is a dangerous notion. The idea that buildings are stiff, silent, cold and white is not pointing in a useful direction. In my view a major problem in contemporary cities is the overflow with modernist architecture, drawing heavily on (if not just regurgitating) Le Corbusier's white, minimalist boxes, ideally lifted from ground and detached from other buildings. These are, at best, sculptural monuments and may well be described as "frozen music". Such areas are however often, regardes as social urban environments; hard, cold and dead. Do we really want our cities to be ice palaces? I don't think so. I'd rather use "garden" as a metaphor for cities. What ideas would you get if you thought of architecture as "designing a tree?" For an ever evolving garden? To the benefit of the people, animals and other plants that live in the garden? Ok, some of them will be tall and majestic, so monuments are fine. But not all of them, surely? And not winter all year around I hope.