The word “humanity” encompasses mankind, as well as the quality of being humane. Humanity in architecture is therefore an incredibly interesting topic because it covers so much of what we aim to do at Veld Architects.
Designing beautiful buildings is not enough. We have to design to do good.
Architects can design to do good by following these four principles:
1. Design spaces that are accessible by all and functional on multiple levels
It’s nice when architecture looks good. However, good architecture goes beyond aesthetics and prioritises the needs of its users.
What will the building be used for? How can we enhance the human experience? How can we make it more functional and accessible by all? These are the questions we need to ask, and their answers need to shape the design.
The ultimate, perhaps lucky outcome is when a design puts humanity at the heart and ends up being beautiful anyway.
2. Design spaces that encourage cultural identity and celebrate roots
So much of a country’s culture and its roots can be depicted (and preserved) in its buildings.
Architects have the power to weave cultural elements, local materials, and aesthetics unique to a particular culture into their designs. This way, the building resonates with a profound sense of identity and belonging.
Let’s stop mimicking what other countries are doing and make our designs true to our country and what we are about.
3. Design spaces that bring communities together
The function of a building has evolved beyond being shelter alone. The built environment can connect and shape communities.
Architects play a vital role in facilitating this connection by designing public spaces that encourage gatherings, such as parks, plazas, and civic centres.
But why stop there?
Imagine mixed-use neighbourhoods where people can live, work and play…
Imagine access to green spaces, urban farms, and community gardens…
Imagine art and culture integrated into our streets…
If we design spaces that draw people outside and bring them together, it will most certainly influence the way we live and think about our lives.
4. Design spaces that are good to the environment
More and more architects are using energy-efficient systems, renewable materials, and green technologies in their designs. This is because we realise that we have a responsibility towards the planet and future generations.
While sustainable measures are a step in the right direction, we should be thinking bigger and going bolder in our approach. We need to design to contribute to the restoration of the immediate environment. Regenerative concepts such as green roofs and skins, wastewater treatment, and biodiversity preservation are some ways in which this can be done.
At Veld Architects, our mission revolves around bridging the gap between humanity and architecture. Our designs can inspire, connect, and uplift individuals, communities, and the environment.
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