Posted by SaSoDe on December 22, 2003 at 23:11:36:
In Reply to: architecture should be somewhat dangerous, and therefore thrilling posted by Farzam on December 21, 2003 at 20:10:07:
Limitations are the essence of architecture. If creating a space was as easy as just imagining it then applying that idea in the real world then everybody would be an architect. If Gothic architects had known how to use steel frame they would not have needed to invent buttress. Architects are trained to work with limitations, from problems in the site to the smallest details of a window. And I think building codes in a sense are just another limitation and this is where real architects can shine, they have the ability to work around these issues and still create beautiful spaces.
We must not forget that we live in a democratic society, unlike some countries around the world, and building codes are designed to make sure that everybody receives at least a minimum level quality in their living space or work area and in general in their cities. This prevents ambitious individuals to put up buildings that would jeopardize the life and safety of other. You can not build a skyscraper in the middle of a residential area and block their view and their sunlight.
On the other hand, building codes could become the easy way out. Instead of parents watching their children while playing this is expected from the architect to provide a safe space. People are growing lazier and more irresponsible. We demand everything to be easy accessed so we can receive it with the minimum amount of effort. The problem lies in our North American society, where people eat fast food, make microwave food all the time rather than cooking, and prefer take elevator instead of walking up a beautiful spiral staircase. They rather eat more food inside a ventilated cafeteria instead of eating out in the park.
Architecture is for people and the building are created to be used. Maybe architects in the future have to become advocates of a new way of living. Maybe we should change the function of the living in the developed countries rather than just giving up on building codes.
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