What I would like to start my blog’s first post is with the perception of architecture and urban design as a subject that seen as too elite for everyday life. I would like to dispel this rumor and propose that architects are trained to help solve all manners of design problems. Our formal training is primarily to think; this may already seem confusing because many may think our training involves math, geometry and “CAD”. However, architects are fundamentally taught to analyze problems in the three-dimensional language of space. Now that this has been said, I would like to lay the groundwork for the future of this blog.
My first goal is to explain architecture and urban design in layman’s terms. I believe that the primary misconceptions of the field are in the overuse of technical and theoretical terms. Have you ever taken a walk on a nice day and stopped to look at the blue sky and scattered clouds? Whenever I am outside, mostly when walking my two dogs, I do this and realize that my role as an architect is far less significant than the greater creation of the earth I inhabit. Therefore, without getting all wrapped up in architecture jargon, that sounds elitist and over-complicated, I hope to take the essence of the architect and bring it to you in the context of everyday life.
What will follow in every post is some form of relationship of architecture and/or urban design (architecture at the scale of the city) to our everyday lives. The meaning of which will be to re-present the role of architects to the general public as true renaissance thinkers. By using renaissance, I am referencing the definition of a person who is trained in a diverse array of talents. Architects have been trained in many respects in a renaissance style. Modern society is so silo-ed and proud of compartmentalized professions, but the architect is capable of harnessing and orchestrating multiple disciplines in search of the solution that can serve the greatest good.
- Origin of the Term Layman (todayifoundout.com)