5 Things to Learn About Architecture
June 17, 2020 Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz is the founder and principal of the architectural firm Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón, with offices in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

ARCHITECTURE INFLUENCES CULTURE AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Architecture will always be more than just a functional purpose. Learn how architecture helps shape communities, enhances experiences and creates a sense of place for people around the globe.

1. IMPROVES HEALTH & WELLNESS

Architectural design can improve health and wellness. A great structure doesn’t just concentrate on the execution of a complex model, but rather in the wellness that the buildings can contribute to others. The spaces where we live and work can have a significant effect on our physical and emotional wellbeing. It has been proven that boring buildings and large grey landscapes can cause high levels of stress, while beautiful and inspiring architecture has the potential to create a calmer and happier environment.

In architecture, aesthetic decisions can be responsibly made to impact and improve people’s health conditions. Thoughtful, innovative design can serve the diverse needs of others and shape how we feel and what we experience within a physical space.

2. SHAPES COMMUNITIES

Architecture shapes our communities. The design of shared spaces like housing, schools, recreational spaces, health and social services, can greatly impact a community and its residents.

Poorly designed, isolated, bland, non-accessible structures can hinder communities, its residents and its development. While high quality and functionally designed community spaces designed around its residents, can improve their lives, support the local workforce, revitalize distressed neighborhoods, promote social integration, boost an area’s economic health and strengthen the community. People who feel like they belong and that they have a say in how their city is shaped, are more likely to put the time and effort involved in protecting their communities.

3. HELPS US TAKE CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT & OURSELVES

When it comes to sustainable architecture and interior design, designers seek to minimize the negative impact of buildings on the environment by applying to their designs innovative green methods—involving energy-saving technology, sustainable materials, recycling, repurposing and other elements that support long-term ecological balance.

Sustainable design improves the productivity of people because people think, feel and work better in spaces that have more natural lighting, cleaner air, comfortable temperature, nice views of the outside and inspiring decor. A healthier environment, therefore, improves morale, retention, performance, and profitability.

4. INFLUENCES CULTURE & SOCIETY

The architecture of different cultures around the world has been a great influence that continues to shape our society today. For example, Roman city planners and architects invented roads, aqueducts, sewer systems, stadiums and other large-scale and highly functional public buildings, in order to service the needs of the Roman empire and its population.

Through architecture, we can see how buildings and structures are designed in a way that reflect each culture’s history, and the external elements that surround it. A building’s surrounding is what determines the architectural style, building materials, and site layout.

5. DRIVES TOURISM

Architecture is a driving force in world culture and travel. When you travel half-way around the world and wish to take a picture, you avoid taking that photo in a store or inside your rental car. You take it in front of a structure that will show exactly where you are.

When you think of Paris do you immediately think of the Eiffel Tower? How about Rome? The Colosseum?

People’s need to travel and experience new cultures often comes from wanting to visit the iconic structures that are recognizable in countries all over the world. These important structures are also used to attract more tourism and boost the country’s economy. That’s why architecture is so influential in world travel and tourism.

As you can see, architecture influences the way people connect to spaces all over the world. This is because architects not only design structures, but they also design connections, relationships, lifestyles, opportunities, memories, culture and communities.

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2 Comments

  1. ‪Massoumeh Rajabi‬‏ 9 months ago

    Hi
    1. Is the integration of architecture with agriculture effective in environmental issues and climate change?
    2- Does upgrading the level of technology in architecture and achieving green architecture affect human health?
    3- Will the future of sustainable architecture according to the cycle of nature be based on changing the human way of life?

    • AD&V
      AD&V 8 months ago

      Hello!

      1- Is the integration of architecture with agriculture effective in environmental issues and climate change?

      Yes. The integration of architecture with agriculture is effective in environmental issues and climate change. By definition, agritecture is about integrating architectural thinking when designing agriculture for the built environment. This integration can be inside of the building (indoor vertical farming) to maximize the density of growing or outside of it (living walls and rooftop farms) and to take advantage of the microclimates that exist through the design of city architecture. Agritecture provides opportunities to counter climate change since methods such as high tech farming and controlled growing environments can result in food security, while soil-based gardens help trap carbon dioxide in soil.

      2- Does upgrading the level of technology in architecture and achieving green architecture affect human health?

      Yes, upgrading the level of technology in architecture and achieving green architecture improves human health. Green architecture and interior design, seek to minimize the negative impact of buildings on the environment by applying to their designs innovative green methods. This involves energy-saving technology such as daylighting systems, water filtration systems, and air purifying technology. These technologies improve human health and wellness because they help lower stress and anxiety, remove air pollutants and also remove harmful contaminants found in water. As technology continues to advance at a quick pace, expect to see more smart spaces and dynamic environments that include innovative technologies with sustainable living solutions focused on health and wellness.

      3- Will the future of sustainable architecture according to the cycle of nature be based on changing the human way of life?

      As environmental and sustainability awareness continues to spread throughout the world, people’s demand for sustainable design, architecture, and green practices is only going to increase. This means that the future of sustainable architecture will not be based on changing the human way of life but it will be based on continuously integrating, adapting and improving it since people have already begun practicing and demanding a sustainable lifestyle. With sustainable architecture, humans can conserve natural resources, save money, enhance their experience, and improve overall health & wellness in order to live a better life and have a brighter future ahead.

      Thank you for the comment!

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