Architects! Who needs ’em?
No one really. That is, if we just want structures that stand alone and do nothing to improve our quality of life. Engineers and property developers have had the American economy by the balls with an increasingly tighter grip, eschewing those crazy designers on the pretense that it’s just not economical to go around talking about “space” and “light” and even worse… feelings. It’s a building, for heaven’s sake. No need to get all emotional about it.
Or is there? Raise your hand if you think back to the house you lived in at nine years old without one shred of emotion. *chirp, chirp* That’s what I thought.
The truth is, buildings create communities and communities create people.
Skyscrapers have been critiqued by members of the architectural community for years because of their isolating nature and their tendency to prevent residents from creating roots.
- Internal semi-public space: A protected, personalizable space for the building or neighborhood creates a sense of co-ownership. Kind of like that club house you and the other neighborhood kids hung out in.
- Temporary interstitial space: Street vendors are a good example and so are the wide sidewalks that collect them. Benches outside of a building can provide a place for neighbors to interact as well as a cafe or fruit stand can.
- Proximity to other similar nodes: One good building does not a city make.
There’s a lot to be said about the connectedness cities should enjoy. Stay tuned for more details as the 365 Day Creativity Challenge continues!
What do you like most about the city you live in? Where have you enjoyed living more? What makes a good city in your opinion?