Architecture: a chance to have your say

While often a very collaborative process, many people can feel disconnected from the process of architecture.

Most large cities in the developed world are undergoing rapid expansion, yet residents often feel excluded from the decision process as they observe skylines changing and open spaces disappearing. The character of once deprived areas has also altered due to redevelopment and the influx of wealthy people.

If a building is non-traditional in design, then this does not invariably go down well with locals. As such, there is a need for more public discussion and debate on architectural issues, because innovative developments have a big impact on the community.

In order to deal with the need for discussion, from June 1st to June 30th, the British capital is hosting the London Festival of Architecture. The festival organisers see this annual event as:

“An opportunity to present, discuss and challenge current issues within and connected to architecture.”

The event is both a celebration of this design field and a chance for discussion and debate on architectural issues.

The theme of this year’s festival, Work in Progress, explores the nature of the workplace, and in particular how jobs and workspaces influence the lives of the people who live in London. It’s an opportunity to explore the changing nature of business and how this affects the development of the city.

Traditionally, work has taken place in factories and offices. However, due to advances in computers and technology, more and more people are working from home. If this trend continues, it may mean that fewer workplaces need to be built. Less commuting workers would also change the requirements of public transport.

London is often a centre for experimentation in architecture, so the ongoing event is a chance to explore what the future life of London could look like. More information on the festival can be found on its website.

Posted by Mark
June 17, 2015

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