Social architecture is a crucial urban planning approach to make everyone feel included, from the deprived to more-affluent individuals. As minority groups have been neglected in recent years, by the sense of feeling like the distant” other”.  Particular public and social spaces conditions have played huge importance to the social connection of these excluded groups within their wider-community over the years. To the extent that, social architecture has always been essential to show itself better to the world and the people in it, which will be looked at more in-depth in this article.

This societal architecture can essentially have a strong impact on people, particularly with the minority and vulnerable groups that need this help. Worldwide planning decisions in social design can perhaps enhance or restrict a sense of unity within the divided communities.   These spaces can essentially stretch the sense of communities and improve public conditions for people (especially the excluded individuals) in these spaces.

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Youth Centre, Niafourang, Senegal

Consequentially, there have been outstanding examples of good social architecture across the world, which has been delivered to places that work for all people. Projects that have taken forward inclusive design provision to another level!

Architecture like the Winspear Opera House (Foster + Partners), the Sala Beckett (the Flores & Prats) and Hartrow (the Ström Architects) have all brought out means for a place that you can use without poise and free from worry, where you are not belittled from other societies; space where you can roam free, a place that everyone can call home. These spaces have produced a good cultural design method, which creates an inclusive place of enjoyment and a place with a sense of belonging for these minority groups.

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Winspear Opera House by Foster+Partners
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The Sala Bekket by Flores & Prats

Until recently, disclosed discussion about social architecture in the built environment has been a focal topic in architecture. It offers examples of how good design can help create places that work for everyone. Notably, Inclusion by design will interest everyone – from design professionals and people working in government, as well as everyone working with these cultures. This discussion has widened to address cultural and economic access as it recognizes that design plays a vital role in including, and often excluding, communities).

To conclude, it is as important to have well-designed and socially managed streets that don’t act as a social misconstruct for people. Since inclusive design means designing for everyone – an accessible, affordable and safe space. Even though social architecture has improved over the last decade; new facilities to once-excluded communities, the fact remains that poor and disadvantaged people are far more likely to live in poor quality environments – which vitally needs to be investigated.

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Delwara community toilets by Vir.mueller Architects in Delwara, Rajasthan

Social, cultural and economic inequalities are still being literally built into new places, and planners and designers need to examine more closely the impact of their decisions.

Adrian Sempa
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Currently pursuing her Bachelors in Architecture, she is an aficionado of words and believes that the inner feeling an entity inculcates, within an individual, can only be expressed to its true potential by the magic of words.

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