Thanks for this topic because it's
Well I can say that
clients can be classified into 3 categories:
rich normal and poor, while architects can be classified also into 3 categories:
architects dealing with money and other
relay dealing with the community while the 3rd type varies between the two, as
they have no particular goal.
I don't deny the importance of money
or I'll be not living on our world, but there's a big difference between working
for just being famous = having a lot of money, and working for being useful for
your community and help - whatever how - in improving it.
But as you know, most of people - who
have money - don't dare to involve themselves in such a process as it'll not
give any income on the short run, while the government can't fund everything,
while normal people can't do anything themselves because the miss link and un
trust between them and any government.
But again to participate as an
architect/planner in improving the community, this can't be a One Man Show [ may
be it's Boss or Hugo :) ], indeed it's a complete work involving other partners:
and the government ( as the authority ) , private sector and NGO's ( as Fund
downers ) , social participants ( for transformation of community needs to both
architects and normal people ).
So I can say it's a process like
playing a symphony by an orchestra: you must have a maestro - which's the
architect/planner - who leads the process with other partners in a harmonic way
so we can hear the symphony at the last, or the audiences ( people) will leave
the place angry.
It's a big and complicated situation
involving all the partners, as again I can't ignore the role of money and to
secure our life, but if the society began to be educated and developed step by
step, we can have a good symphony one day.
Well maybe when we have firms who can
make such a process, whatever the size of this firm, starting from small office
which have ambitious architects to make good architecture that reflects both
there thoughts and there local community identity, and reaching the big firms (
Aga Khan is an example for this ). Also the private sectors and NGO's must play
more role in the funding process ( I think like Ford Foundation and Swiss Fund
This is not only for upgrading
historical places or cities or squatter settlements, but I think that it's
important also in building new settlements that interact with the people's need,
have cultural aspect, deals to make beauty and please human.
So it's a process of upgrading minds
at first: architects/planners mind, people's mind, community mind. May be this
will not be soon, but for sure, it's important to start with re-educating
ourselves the basics of our community, and to make people - rich and poor -
understand the importance of being educated and have some cultural base, in
order to interact correctly in the community, not only Educate = Money, but
Educate = Upgrade.
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