The notion of architecture is bound with buildings often with a clear purpose, most of the time driven by people and function, in a sense it is like a machine to live for people who are not engaged in the discourses of architecture, this is the mindset which people have before going into this vast vocation often mistaking their hobby of drawing and sketching as a synonym for architecture practice. While great sketches can lead to great buildings it’s the precipitation of things and spaces that leads to the depth of architecture.

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Deconstruction of architecture_©Drawing by Steve Martinez and Diandra Rendradjaja

On seeing Architecture.

To begin with, the way we look at a building as a whole changes, from just seeing it as a place of residence to understanding the importance of each nook and corner, understanding the connection of built space with nature, how light changes the spaces from a mere room to an intangible element of peace and serene. Architecture teaches us the poetry of space. It helps us to unravel the intangible aspects of it. At the same time, it also teaches us how to look at things in depth from its ideation to encrypting why the spaces are as they are, being aware of the construction system, and the need for materials and immaterial. The concept of scale and proportion while knowing about in theory the whole comprehension of the idea is developed after visiting and studying various structures while being occupied by their wonder, which cant be known by its dimensions or drawings or reasoning, it is beyond the measurable.

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architecture without room_©Drawing by Sune Jørgensen_https://www.behance.net/gallery/6433453/Urban-studies-sketches

Change in approach

Architecture teaches us to have a multidisciplinary approach to an idea, decoding its built and unbuilt forms, before the understanding of architecture spaces were usually only seen as mere volumes, due to the newly developed sense of spaces, it helps us to connect buildings with nature, people, politics, psychology, philosophy, spirituality and time. It also helps us to look beyond the obsolete parameters of good and bad design, It encourages us to form a narrative around it, helps us to shift our perspective from a very generalized and redundant idea of a good or bad-looking building, and allows us to question everything about it while putting it into the context of time, space and people. Questioning is the fundamental tool for surviving architecture, not your excellent skillset, while it gives you an upper hand it doesn’t teach you architecture, it is a mere medium for your expression, it is the paint but not the painting. Hence architecture is not only buildings, bridges, and infrastructure it’s a lifelong search, an introspection within oneself and one’s ideas.

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architecture as a convery of time and space_©Drawing by Becker & Umbricht Architekten

Time, space, and people  

Design has been an integral part of our lives, it has a role in shaping society, culture, and people, it may not always be an active change but a slow revolution whose effect can be seen over time, hence architecture compels us to develop sensitive to nature, history, social conventions, user and society. Place-making for the public to pause, reflect, and be is also a way to change how built spaces can have a positive impact on people and the community. Public-built and unbuilt spaces have to have an important place while planning and studying a community. Architecture has a symbiotic relationship with its user, their community, and their culture. To achieve a fruitful result of a well-designed built environment it is a prerequisite to pay attention to the user, its need, and not its want, the users could be a small family to a large community, and their need could be a small room to a huge public environment, it necessary to be mindful of the various possibilities and the multiple directions that one problem could have, the process is more important than the result. Always know there is no correct way to do a design, it is bound to change its form as other people are dwelling on it. 

Architecture and its impact on socitey_©Michael Hadjistyllis, Stefanos Roimpas / Anatomy of the Wallpaper (2014)

Learning and Unlearning

Unlearning processes, thoughts, preconceived notions, and philosophies is as important as learning them. Confining ourselves in one single thought and idea can be a destructive and rigid way to approach architecture, it needs to be adaptive to changing structures of society and times. Making sure the idea fits the context of time, region, and climate. “Spatial forms… will be produced by human action… and will express and perform the interests of the dominant class according to a given mode of production and a specific mode of development. They will express and implement the power relationships of the state in a historically defined society… The work of this contradictory historical process will be accomplished on an already inherited spatial form, the product of history and support of new interests, projects, protests, and dreams. Finally, from time to time, social movements will arise, challenging the meaning of a spatial structure and therefore attempting new functions and forms.” (Castells, 1983). The idea of built spaces reshaping with time and context makes it challenges the notion to the populace. It can be tangible things such as materials, volumes, colors, and heights as well as uses, flows, perceptions, mental associations, and systems of representations, which change with time, cultures, and social groups. Breaking down the form with formless, built with nature, and space with light leads to placeness, which is inevitable to change with time, a new idea even tho revolutionary faces the fate of being obsolete. 

Architecture is multi-faceted, it allows the person to express themselves in various ways with design, drawing, models, theories, and writing hence allowing us to do deep introspection into oneself, society, time, and people.

Citation 

Montague, D.L. (2017) Theory’s role in placelessness, Place and Placelessness Revisited. Available at: https://www.academia.edu/34745866/Theorys_Role_in_Placelessness (Accessed: 26 November 2023). 

Esposito, B. (2018) Le Corbusier – Towards a new architecture, Academia.edu. Available at: https://www.academia.edu/36535411/LE_CORBUSIER_TOWARDS_A_NEW_ARCHITECTURE (Accessed: 26 November 2023). 

Author

A recent graduate, passionate about learning tangible and intangible concepts and ideas relating to space, time and people, is mostly interested in looking at how built spaces is a medium of cultural and social identity. Architecture for her is constant search. she is interested in representing built designs better with graphics,drawings and writing.