Understanding Meme Culture 

Memes are cultural aspects that spread quickly and virally online. They usually take the shape of images, videos, text, or behaviors. They foster community among internet users by frequently expressing a joke, common sense, or connection. British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins first used the term “meme” in 1976 to refer to a concept, action, or fashion that becomes popular within a community. In today’s internet society, memes are a necessary component of expression and communication. They provide forums for cross-cultural and national expressions of humor, social critique, and universal experiences. Memes are renowned for their ability to evolve, adjust, and be remixed, creating a dynamic network of humor and expression. The phrase “meme culture” refers to the norms, perspectives, and actions typical of creating, disseminating, and understanding memes. It is a subset of internet culture. It now plays a dynamic and significant role in online communities, influencing how users interact with material across various channels and connect. Meme culture’s democratizing qualities are one of its main features. Anyone with internet access may produce memes, which gives a variety of voices and viewpoints a platform to participate in the cultural conversation. Memes may travel quickly, often reaching a worldwide audience in a matter of hours, thanks to the phenomenon known as “going viral”. Instantaneous sharing facilitates the development of online communities and subcultures by giving users who identify with certain memes a feeling of common identity.

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Keeping The Occupation Trendy

A common element in meme culture is humor, and memes frequently function as satire or commentary on current affairs, happenings in society, and daily life. They can help people deal with difficulties or just find happiness in common experiences. Memes also serve as a kind of cultural shorthand, using well-known symbols or allusions to concisely express difficult concepts or feelings. Meme culture is not limited to one platform; it exists across various online locations, including forums like Reddit and social media sites like Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. Meme designs and formats frequently span platform boundaries, fostering a feeling of consistency and familiarity throughout the internet. Architects and design companies share architectural and design-related memes on social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. These memes might be anything from creative graphic representations of architectural principles to humorous takes on everyday architectural problems.  Memes may be a useful technique for instructional materials. Architects can produce memes that break down difficult architectural ideas or provide an interesting and palatable explanation of industry trends. In addition to educating the audience, this establishes the architect or company as an industry leader. Architects may remain current by taking part in online challenges and trends. They may join in on current online discussions and become more visible in larger online groups by utilizing popular meme forms in their work.

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Ever Growing Highways and the Car Dilemma

There are some common or rather popular Roman empires for Architecture students and architects that most can relate to. Each time we come across the news that a new flyover or bridge is being constructed to connect two points to reduce traffic and congestion, we know right away what the consequences are going to be for the same. An important factor is something called “induced demand.” The overall capacity of the road network frequently increases as a result of the construction of new highways or the expansion of existing ones. Congestion or lengthier travel times may have previously discouraged some drivers, but this may now draw more of them. Because of this, traffic on the newly constructed or enlarged roadway may initially be less congested. However, as time passes, more cars tend to be drawn to the area, filling it up and creating traffic again. Highways frequently give preference to automotive travel over other forms of transportation. This may encourage a culture that relies on cars and discourage people from using public transportation, walking, or cycling as other forms of mobility. People are therefore more inclined to select private automobiles for their transport needs, which exacerbates traffic congestion and bottlenecking.

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Green Urbanism and Solarpunk

Green urbanism is the way forward. The organic nature of the practice extends to its ability to coalesce with the built environment such that we should be looking at greens and the urban environment to become deeply interconnected. It runs parallel to the solar punk aesthetic which is on the rise. A contradictory movement to cyberpunk which is more dystopian, solarpunk looks at ways in which technology is integrated into everyday life such that it supports human growth while supporting the environment. CGreen urbanism promotes compact and mixed-use development to reduce urban sprawl, minimize the need for substantial transportation, and enhance walkability. This tactic encourages the cohabitation of neighboring business, residential, and recreational spaces. To minimize carbon emissions, encourage healthier, more environmentally friendly forms of transportation, and lessen the demand for private vehicles, it is recommended that people utilize public transportation, bike lanes, and pedestrian-friendly design. The creation and maintenance of urban green spaces enhance biodiversity, provide recreational opportunities, and enhance the quality of the air and water. The incorporation of smart technologies for waste minimization, energy management, and resource efficiency is a common theme, illustrating how technology may enhance sustainability. The incorporation of smart technologies for waste minimization, energy management, and resource efficiency is a common theme, illustrating how technology may enhance sustainability.

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Nobody Did It Like the Indus’

The Indus Valley Civilization, often referred to as the Harappan Civilization, emerged in the Indian subcontinent before 3300 BCE and is one of the oldest known examples of a complex urban society. Archaeological discoveries demonstrate the high level of sophistication of the Indus civilization for its period, demonstrating its proficiency in several engineering and urban planning fields. The two largest towns of the Indus Valley Civilization, Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, were meticulously designed with a grid system of streets, well-organized neighborhoods, and an advanced drainage system. The cities were divided into blocks by the grid-like layout of the streets. The brick buildings found in the towns of the Indus Valley Civilization were well-planned and uniform. Efficient construction was made possible by the use of uniformly sized bricks, indicating a certain degree of urban planning. The cities were close to water sources, and the people who lived there knew how to handle the water well. Reservoirs, the existence of the Great Bath, and wells are signs of efficient water resource management.

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Arryan Siingh is currently a fifth year architecture student studying in Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, Mumbai. Poetry and prose became a way for him to internalize his thoughts as well as channel them to pragmatize the intangible ideas of architecture and search deeper to uncover the field’s essence.