Buildings will be demolished and be replaced however I believe as Architects we must only demolish and create a new building if it is better than the last. To design and in turn build a less attractive or useful building we are taking a step backwards within the success of Architecture. Architects by nature must look into the future and make sure to always be considering how we can improve the world through design. An example of where this has been done successfully is by Kit Kemp, owner of Firmdale Hotels who takes old dilapidated buildings and turns them into a new building for example the use of a multi-storey car park which is replaced by the Soho Hotel.
“A GREAT SPACE NEED NOT BE THE MOST GLAMOROUS OR LUXURIOUS—IT IS HOW PERSONAL AND INTERESTING YOU MAKE IT.” (KIT KEMP, 2012, P.1).
The main thing is to design a space that is comfortable and appealing to people and not something that looks impressive on paper. This supports my point that the buildings we design must be more considerate of people and places then the previous design and not just create something because it looks impressive.
A building can have a large effect on the environment from the beginning of the construction to the end of its life. It is an architect’s role to create a building that is as environmentally friendly as possible. This must be done to conserve the planet and the surroundings of the area. If a building is designed without considering its affect to the area then the environment is in danger of being destroyed and what was once a desirable location can be ruined forever. Modern environmentally friendly buildings are ones such as the riverside building in London 7 More which received the name of London’s most economically friendly building.
IT EVEN FEATURES AN INTEGRATED IT SYSTEM WHICH LETS INDIVIDUAL WORKERS CONTROL THEIR LIGHT AND TEMPERATURE IN THEIR SPACE.” (ALEX WALL 2014)
ARCHITECTS NEED TO MAKE BUILDINGS MORE GREEN AND ADAPTABLE TO OUR SURROUNDINGS. THEY NEED TO AVOID THE SICK BUILDING SYNDROME AND CREATE BUILDINGS THAT ARE ENERGY EFFICIENT.. (LEN CALDERONE 2013)
The users of a space can vary dramatically. To design a universal building is neither hard nor impressive. Architects must design with the users and the location as important controls to their designs. To design without considering these results in insufficient buildings with no obvious purpose for the people who use it. Although a building it is soulless and is functional without succeeding in fulfilling the user’s needs fully. Location must also be represented well if designing a building which will largely affect the area the building should consider the location and best represent it or consider the area’s needs. For example in Hong Kong a very busy city people live in blocks of flats all attached to each other and piled on top of each other. This is to make it possible to fit in a lot of people in a limited space. This is an example of where architects have considered the location and the people using the space and have designed a building best suited for the needs.
ALL ARCHITECTURE IS SHELTER, ALL GREAT ARCHITECTURE IS THE DESIGN OF SPACE THAT CONTAINS, CUDDLES, EXALTS, OR STIMULATES THE PERSONS IN THAT SPACE.” (PHILIP JOHNSON N.D.)
By Beth Dawson