This is my contribution to this month’s ArchiTalks topic, “Architecture of Change.”
The other posts are linked below; you can also find them on Twitter by following the hashtag, #ArchiTalks.
I once thought that Architecture served as a record of a society’s political and economic influences (as much as its aesthetic aspirations), and that Architecture – at its best – embodied the spirit of an age. I’m sure that was true in times past. I still believe the built environment (bound by laws of physics and increasing regulation) will be the last – and lasting – manifestation of a given period.
But can Architecture foster change? Can it adapt to change? Can change be “architected”? I’ll leave exploration of those ideas to my fellow architect-bloggers. Please check out their posts listed at the end of this article.
I know one thing about change. (Here’s where I ascend my soapbox.) I know what does bring about societal change.
Legends that inspire, journalism that informs, fiction that captivates; these are the progenitors of change. “Those who tell the stories rule society.” (Plato, 4th Century BC)
Good intentions and skillful design alone will not bring about the change most architects seek. From within our profession there needs to be a band of storytellers who write, film, develop, and produce the works that will shape our culture.
I’ve said for years that “Architecture holds a thousand stories”. Currently our profession is a closed book. Let’s learn to open the book and share the stories.
That will certainly usher in the Architecture of Change.
Now, please read what these fine architectural bloggers have to say about “Architecture of Change.”
Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks : Architecture of Change
Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
architecture for change
Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Architect(ure) of Change
Collier Ward – One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Architecture of Change
Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
architecture of change: #architalks
Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Change — The Document Evolution
Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
architecture of change
brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
The Architecture of Change: R/UDAT
Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Architecture = Change
Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
My Architecture of Change / Hitting Pause to Redesign My Life
Brinn Miracle – Architangent (@architangent)
Architecture of Change: Building a Legacy
Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Imagining the Future of Architecture
Samantha R. Markham – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
3 Things I Hope Change in Architecture
Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
The art of Architecture of Change
Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
The Architecture of Change