Architecture, Desires and Fears.


The second part of the week 10 lecture was based on the idea that our desires and fears shape the cities that we live in. 

I found this interesting and engaging as it highlighted the importance of people and how their attitudes, values and beliefs are integral aspects of city planning and urban design. The lecture made the point that we are often constrained in what we desire, because of fears the we harbour about changing the things we know. Our desires for future cities were said to be control, autonomy, vernacular and futuristic design, while fears that constrain these developments are separation and exclusion. This highlights the importance of accommodating for all demographics in an urban design and a city plan. This will ensure that no person feels excluded and everyone can make the most of the spaces created. 

The question: “What does it mean to be a good architect?”, was asked towards the end of the lecture and this got me thinking about what successful architecture is and what kind of architect i want to be.

It made me realise how my perception of what good architecture is has changed over the last 2 and half years, and how aesthetics are simply the superficial face of what architecture is all about. For me successful architecture is functional  contextual and relevant to the users. Good architecture should take into account the needs and requirements of the end users, and consider how it can improve their quality of living or working. Architecture and design should be climatically and contextually sensitive and should consider the how it affects its environment. 



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