For the last two and half months I have been learning something about architecture online by Harwardx. Therefore I wasn’t able to connect to my blogs. Anytime when you are gaining something you can’t be able to serve something perfectly. I have learnt some amazing fundamentals and depth about it which will remember life long. Architecture is a place of giving a place to the others. It is a great world of arranging a space for the needs. I think there is no place in the world without architecture. It is either by people or nature. The place where I am writing is an example of an architecture and the place where you are reading is an architecture. Even there is an architecture of every human being which is formless and that is hidden.
By learning I had a thought that when and where were the first architectural elements combined together? How was the need for architecture born there? The caves were the first architecture created naturally and used by acenters. Those rocks were materials to protect the humans. Nature was always Eco-friendly to humans and it created amazing compositions for them. I think that how humans were inspired to build something by observing any fallen tree trunk.? Did they realise the use of the leaves to build a roof for the protection? The roof is the oldest identity for the architecture which is still in use. It was necessary to build something in those times. But after the inventions the use of architecture applied more for the impact than basic needs. The way of architecture changed a lot during the times of Renaissance. The actual need was a home for each and then the home for the memory of a special one which we called monuments. The architecture has become the language to express something and we have been experiencing the great monuments in the world. It is the way to reflect the culture or the traditions. It gives sensuousness to the viewers which is very useful for the generations.
Now, the architecture transformed from maximalism to minimalism. There are many architectural places we see that touch the sky, great underground construction with casted materials. But things are going back to the mainstream where humans are seeking a pure material which is close to nature. Nature never casts any material but it provides in a pure form to humans. Whatever humans achieve in architecture which is always short of satisfaction. Therefore the way of minimalism in architecture is being applied in the present times. The architecture from a few decades changed its way of giving sensuousness to the viewers. It produces the thought of self realization which creates a better society. I observed the few really great monuments like the peace park created in San francisco, Wang Shu’s Ningbo museum in china which built from the remains of demolished villages and Germany’s holocaust memorial. Those abstract designs have a lot to say to society. Humans need remarks by seeing the monuments for better tomorrow and that can be done by presenting Speaking Architecture. It is very important to know the human values by the way of an architecture. It gives the sense to protect human-made architecture and nature-made architecture too.
To view the Speaking Architecture, there should be Listening eyes.
Architecture is never going to be eradicated, It may sometime return to its original form in future.
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© Jigar Soni