Architecture, the art and science of designing and constructing buildings, creates the world around us. Knowingly or unknowingly, it has a profound impact on human lives, culture and behaviour of the spaces it exists in, influencing the way humans interact with the built environment. The interconnectedness between form and function, backed by historical and cultural insights across ages, highlights the importance of design on the well-being of users and surroundings. The artistic expression in architectural works, along with sustainability and innovation creates the identity of the built environment.

The world is composed of the built environment and the built environment is composed of the details. The stakeholders have been consciously crafting the details for generations and this in turn has been shaping their lives as well. The vision and the constant drive to make people’s lives better has a significant impact on the creators as well, refining the way they visualise and imagine the present and the new world respectively. The impact of architecture extends far beyond the physical structures it creates, influencing our emotions, behaviours, and perceptions.

Appreciation for the Design and Personality of Spaces

Spaces are primarily defined by the basic functions that they are designed for. Ranging from the layout of a small bedroom to the placement of windows affects how people live, work and feel. The concepts that are applied in design such as lighting, air circulation, spatial flow and ergonomics not only make the spaces livable, but enjoyable as well. For instance, the fenestrations in a room explain the role of natural light and the placement. More than just sources of natural light and ventilation, windows are essential elements that connect interior spaces with the outside world, influencing mood and productivity. Similarly, the concept of spatial flow defines the value of open, connected spaces that facilitate movement and interaction, enhancing the functionality of a house. 

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God is in the Details_©Donna Corless

Spaces for Social Interaction and Community Well-Being

Community Spaces have historically been perceived as congregation spaces for people to gather together and interact. However, architects define public spaces mainly parks, plazas, and streetscapes as empty areas and carefully designed environments. Such spaces fall under the category of community-oriented architecture which fosters a sense of belonging to enhance social cohesion. Such inclusive and accessible design benefits every sector of society. It promotes the idea of how architecture is not just about creating buildings, but about creating environments that support and enrich communities. 

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Social Interaction in Urban Spaces_©MKSK Architects

Fostering Connectivity and Livability: The Art of Urban Planning

A city is connected by the infrastructure it possesses. The roads, the buildings, garden spaces and the services that make living possible in a well-planned and well-designed urban space. For a normal citizen, a city may be just a space where they spend their whole life, studying, working and living a normal lifestyle. But architects, growing from a normal perspective about the city, evolve and grow to appreciate the intricate details. The lenses that architecture as a discipline offers glorify the functional aspects of urban infrastructure and thoughtful design that improves the quality of life of the inhabitants of the cities. 

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Urban Spaces Fostering Connectivity and Livability_©ONG & ONG Architects

Keeping Future in Hindsight: The Role of Sustainability 

The rising concern with respect to the global climatic and environmental conditions has made architects develop a deep sense of empathy and compassion for climate-responsive and resource-efficient designs. Across the world, governing bodies are taking strict actions to implement policies and amendments to reduce the carbon footprint. This crucial step has resulted in architects advocating for major sustainable practices such as green roofs, energy-efficient systems and the use of recycled materials. Architects have been critical of non-sustainable buildings, which has reinforced the importance of environment-friendly designs. 

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Sustainablity is the Future_©Nemetschek Group

The Role of Past and Present 

Architecture has a unique ability to bridge the gap between the past and present. The history of a country is its heritage, deeply representing the culture of the country. Architectural structures, across centuries, have been quite successful in preserving the cultural heritage of a country. Presently, architects try to incorporate the elements from the history books into their present contemporary designs. This includes the ancient ruins and restored historical monuments. Through such designs, architects develop a beautiful connection with the past and the human endeavours that shine to this date. 

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Modernism in Historical Ruins_© Photograph by Helka D

Architects, from the moment they enter the architecture discipline, tend to develop a keen sense for intricate details that define spaces, evoke emotions, support community, ensure sustainability, honour history, and enhance urban infrastructure. With experience, the sensitivity evolves in them, thus the appreciation for spaces as well. While non-architects may see buildings as a mere fusion of bricks and mortar, architects are fundamentally different. Their design evolution engages all their senses, allowing them to create designs that are not only functional but also aesthetically enriching, adding significant value to all aspects of users’ lives. The social responsibility carried by architects makes them a prominent figure in society. 

Author

An enthusiastic, young designer and writer, Smita has always been passionate about words, books and the art of written communication. She firmly believes that the fusion of design and language possesses the ability to touch the heart and evoke emotions. She constantly demonstrates her belief through the practice of “Wordifying Designs”.