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I would like to ask a question not about software architecture, but physical architecture, i.e., the design of buildings and other elements of the "built environment".

I was looking for a Stack Exchange site to ask what the meaning is of the huge stone symbols on the side of the new Scottish Parliament building.

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Your question turned out to be about interpreting some decoration on a building. That is not on-topic at engineering. Nevertheless, the engineering aspects of architecture are on-topic there.

If you want to ask about the philosophy of art, then you might want the philosophy stack exchange.

I'm not sure if there's any site to ask what a piece of art "means" or is intended to symbolise. Joseph Weissman suggests the architecture tag on history, but I'm not sure that this would apply, as you're asking about a contemporary building.

  • The word "means" shouldn't be in quotes because I wasn't asking for speculation about the meaning - it's not like asking for the "meaning" of Moby Dick or the Mona Lisa. I'm asking about an objective fact - basically what did the architect say about those symbols. or what notes about them occurred in the formal approval process? – user316117 Jul 29 '16 at 16:50
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There is no site yet, but there is an Area 51 proposal:

Stack Exchange Q&A site proposal: Architecture & Home design.

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