ROLE OF AN ARCHITECT IN SOCIETY – THE CHANGE OVER TIME

To have a shelter became a basic human need since the nomads started settling down. Over time it was evolved into considering not just the functional value of the buildings but its aesthetics. Architecture started to be considered as a living form of art. From the people making their living space it was transferred to the artists or architects to bring in the aesthetic beauty to it. The various art movements influenced architecture like any other art throughout the 18th century and hence forth.

In the earlier days only the upper class who occupied wealth felt the need of architecture as such. But as time passed by, in the present society, even a common man building his house feels the necessity of concepts for his house design and so on. in the present age its not just the aesthetics or function that matter the most, architect have evolved to cater to the builders and their economic satisfaction and there are also several architects who design only typical buildings for big companies like the outlets for our all-time favourite KFC or Mac Ds. May be this restricts the creativity of the architect but all these different types of architects are needed in the present society.

The space designed by an architect is the space for daily human needs. And it hence is very true architect do play a very crucial role in the making of society. We all have studied about the demolition of the early housing complexes in the US due to the improper design and blindly following the art movements of the era. the  infamous Pruitt Igoe urban housing development in St. Louis, Missouri is a fine example were it was designed based on Le Corbusier’s principles of modernism but in just five years the whole area turned into a danger zone with all the illegal trafficking happening. This is an example as to how important a role the architect plays in safe guarding the society. There are many more instances were architects have stopped the antisocial behaviour through their designs.

In today’s world were land is a precious as gold, it becomes architects job to effectively utilise each cent of land and also to make the building profitable for the builder without compromising much on the needs of people living in the building. This has become a new role for architect today. Like the doctors have ethics even architects have ethics. Since we are all part of the society and wish to continue so abiding by the ethics and at least should have a consideration of not to harm the society for our own benefits if does not intend to be a part of the betterment of the society. One could easily say that over the years the responsibilities and the role of an architect in the society have only increased immensely.

Advertisements