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Architecture for all
Architecture is for classes only and not for masses
Shashank Chakradeo
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Architecture for all
architecture is mother of all arts,all classess [massesss] included cannot ignore or continue without it.say shelter in general becomes architecture ones gives function,so architecture is not limited insense,it is broad,encompasses verious mediums,concepts,functions,expreessions.
Dushyant Nathwani
Architecture for all

Hello Shashank Chakradeo

 

Well I think that the answer for your question pass by 3 steps or phases:-

  1. Understanding Architecture.

  2. Dealing with Architecture.

  3. Participating in Architecture

So I'll try to make myself clear.

 

Phase I: Understanding Architecture

I can say that every type of people can understand it according to his own references ( values, and cultural background��etc ), which differs from classes to masses.

 

Phase II: Dealing with Architecture

According to the this concept, I can say that classes deal with Architecture in a way completely different to what masses can deal with; classes understand things like the value, beauty, nature of a building/place more than masses which find architecture just a place to live and stay in, whatever the place looks like or it's condition is.

 

Phase III: Participating in Architecture

So we can find the attitude of how classes and masses participate in architecture has tow opposite ways:-

  • Active: In this attitude, people deals with the community either on the minor scale ( like in one building ) or the major scale ( district, city, community ��etc ) and try to improve the situation and make standards for living.

  • Passive: In this attitude, people have no real participation with the surround community and built environment.

Well to explain more, take an example on the minor scale which's one building:

Classes have Active attitude, where they try to make the place as good as they can, either inside the own apartment or the complete building, by taking care of the regular maintenance for the building��.etc, while Mass have the passive attitude, where they don't care about the place at all, and whatever the condition of the place is, they agree to live in, as they always see that there's nothing better than it, or it's place where we have a shelter to live in,�� things like that, and they refer this to the economic aspect as the main reason.

 

NB: on contrary, mass have strong interaction between them - on the human level - where you can find people share each other and take care about each other �� I mean they can communicate between them better than classes can do in many times.

 

Well I see mass have to participate in architecture, and this come by making upgrading programs for them, specially when dealing with historic cities, and squatter settlements, where cultural and social programs must be in parallel with the physical upgrading ( building, facilities, infrastructure, spaces ��etc ), and this help people to deal better in future, for example like do understand the importance of making the place always clean and put wastes in the recycle bin, saving water��. Issues like that.

 

But at the same time, I can't deny the role of architects to built proper buildings and dealing better with the needs of the mass, and you can see that those people - specially in the squatter settlements - try to build by themselves, according to there own vision. So, it's a matter of trying to establish a real interaction between classes and people, and I think that education is the key for this, as I see 90% of the problems related with not being well educated: don't discuss with an uneducated man about the beauty of the Louver or or Gity Center or Millennium Dome, or about city of future, or how great and brilliant Beethoven was in composing his 9 symphonies - even he was almost deaf - or how great was Helene Killer or Taha Hussien, or Marie Curie or Najeeb Mahfoz or Ahemd Zewal or or or ...... because - simply - he only need to fulfill his basic needs at first, then he can try to understand the world around him.

 

So it's very important to upgrade the mass through:-

  • Fulfilling there basic needs at first.

  • Improving the place where they live in, and this must be with complete contribution between mass, and developers ( architects and socials ).

  • Upgrading people, and focusing on the young children, and girls too because it's easy to educate them when they are young, and they can have a role in future in the process of communicating with the world better than there fathers and grandsons.

But I must confess that it's hard - but not impossible - to try to establish this, because it need many contribution from many people�� example for this: Hassan Fathy, from the concept of community interaction, and how to built according to the local identity, and I'm not talking about construction techniques, but the concept of participation. Also Ghandy when he try to make India free.

 

Whishing you all the best,

Good Luck.

Salam

Hicham Maged
Architecture for all
Architecture for everyone does not exist yet. It can exist in the future if it is designed for everyone, by everyone. It starts with a wish list.

If the definition of architecture is the art and science of building design and construction, its ultimate purpose is simply shelter. As we rapidly outgrow the surface environment of Earth, the architecture of the future will necessarily be directed upward toward and into the atmosphere.

Ideally, housing architecture would include the following features: lighter than air, solar powered and propelled, complete with navigation, education, communication, entertainment and environment direct nutrition systems. The environmental impact of lifting Man off the surface in such a scenario would result in a +95% reduction in air and water polution in less than 50 years from go.

Although it is reasonable to assume Man will eventually reach space as a living environment for the species, the immediate need is for an expansion of habitable area on the order of 100 fold. That can be accomplished in the next 50-100 years by developing atmospheric dwellings for the masses.

The illustration above, for example, is of a 30 meter diameter craft with a 10 meter diameter living space on two levels for 4-8 persons. All of the materials and basic technology to manufacture such a home exist today, and the math says it is possible. It could be developed in less than 5 years with an initial price of $2M per copy that would descend to less than $300K within 10 years.

Architecture for everyone...? Yes, it's possible.
Marc Kramis
Architecture for all
really great of you mr.mark kramis,particularly for excellent/simple/expressive illustation.wish you very best in your global welfare endeviour.
Dushyant Nathwani
Architecture for all
Mr. Marc, i'm really interested in such an illustration/example you've provided and is there any website you can place here to refer for it as i think many other members including me will be intrested to read about such ideas ...
Hicham Maged
Architecture for all
Just curious...$300k...is that for EVERYONE when some people live on less than that their entire lives? Very interesting though, I would as well be quite interested in some more information on this.

Regressing slightly here, should architecture be for the masses? Does it not have a specific purpose or have we come to the age when function is totally disregarded and everyone can go anywhere, anything anywhere? I have been into old gothich churches in UK converted into bars (not really that surprised, they need pubs everywhere there).
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