I'm no architect or even an expert on the subject, but it seems to me that culture has a huge impact on the design, creation and construction of building, bridges and the like. History bears that out. But I suspect that 'culture' as such was at least laid aside when Roul Utson envisaged and came up with the Sydney Opera House. It was absolutely unique and probably still is. Google it and take a look at a few pictures. It's a far cry from the glass tower boxes that make up so much of the rest of downtown Sydney.
Generally speaking an architect designs buildings. Buildings firstly have purpose while providing for function. Next, from my understanding next is the environment the building will be built within. At task is the client or the owner of the building with a purpose and the buildings environment including the immediate neighborhood. That would have to be defined and may reside itself within a range of parameters - the immediate, the surrounding, the regional, and possibly further.
How culture enters the picture may be centralized with the purpose as to whether firstly if it is a public enterprise and its funding sources or if a private enterprise and its funding sources. Those sources are the power that will cause the structure to become reality. Those must be addressed by the architect designing the building. At task with the affect of culture just may not be architectural process itself since of essence it is only a tool or a machine providing for the inspiration causing an illusion to become functionality as reality.
Culture too may change the originality of a structures intent. A log cabin designed for a fur trapper to sleep, eat, and provide protection from the elements could very easily culturally become a school room for a community, a meeting place for regional land owners, or a place of worship for a few or many. Or, culture determines purpose for an existing building as an entity.
by Muldania 6 years ago
To my eyes, it seems that most modern buildings are designed to be as ugly as possible. Looking at the Scottish parliament building, I am struck by how unpleasant it is to the eye, and how at odds with the beauty of historic Edinburgh. I wonder though if I am looking at modern...
by BakerRambles 7 years ago
I think Ramses and his son were just cheap builders, pasting their signs all over the buildings they made and discredited the real builders, what do you think?
by Zonah 3 years ago
Does architecture drive the culture of society or does society drive architecture?
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