What is the value of architecture? Is it worth the expense? Is design dispensable? Maybe design has become synonymous with luxury and the high street, and its role in making ordinary objects desirable and expensive has overshadowed but the truth is that a good design is making, places safe, understandable, durable, energy-efficient and affordable.
The evidence assembled here counters the argument that design is a luxury in the production of the built environment, especially in straitened time. What this blog brings in to light is the true value of good architecture. Design that resolves problems and answers needs will pay for itself over a building’s lifetime. Good architecture has its price. But bad architecture will cost you more.
What I feel is that architecture is not just a subject but a way of life. The architects can shape architecture in various forms, but what should they really do is to FIRST see the end users and the Earth… (if you break the harmony of the nature, of the earth there will be no space for architecture).
I believe that we have to create buildings that use minimal natural resources. I do not believe, however, that the path to sustainable architecture necessarily runs through the mitigation use of scarce resources in either construction or occupation by using gadgets or expensive variations on standard building technology to, for instance, store heat in walls.