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The coronavirus crisis calls for a new moral and aesthetic code for architecture


I find this articles title distressing. Nobody would say other discipline need to discard their current morality and aesthetic code, essentially the basis of Architecture practice, due to outside pressures. Architecture should resist these calls and return to its foundations. I find the idea we will find salvation in compromising our basis of common communication and understanding as folly. Architecture is built essentially on historic precedents and a body of writing that has sustained it up until the present day. This core or basics of Architecture is embedded with the physical techniques or skills. It is an injustice and perhaps ignorance to undervalue the power of the plan, section, elevation, relationship; Orthographic to Isometric to Perspective representation is a mechanism to flick the mind into a rich 3D awareness. To convey and understand complex relationships in our physical world. Models, renders, and other means we also casually employ forgetting the wonderous nature of these communication tools as they become seen as merely representational rather than cutting edge exploratory technique available to few in society . Architects seem to forget how many skills we have learned and employ just to carry out our daily trade. Architecture is a means of understanding our environment (The world we find ourselves in) through spatial recording and experimentation. Architecture has wider impacts but should not seek these things out but impact them as a result of itself or put another way we employ Architecture to spatially understand our world and in doing so we impact the world through the positions we take during this process. Architecture fails at is core when it becomes simply a means to solve problems. Of course there is constant need to review and reform but the core skills and abilities and knowledge that underpins Architecture as a human endeavour should not be set to one side in any service no matter how pressing.

Posted date

10 April, 2020

Posted time

8:02 pm