Understanding Architecture: An Introduction to Architecture and Architectural History
Hazel Conway,Rowan Roenisch
over 2 years ago
It goes without saying that architecture is a public art and architects should have a social responsibility. They are taught to look at environments holistically. So often the needs and complexities of urban design go far beyond the scope and inﬂuence of any single discipline, yet arguments about our urban fabric degenerate into shallow exchanges on style and taste. They represent a superﬁcial cosmetic, when the scale and nature of the problem demand a much more rigorous and searching analysis of not only how things should be built, but what should be built. Many of the mistakes that were made in the recent past will have to be redressed and perhaps the governmental machinery to achieve what is needed will have to undergo radical change. These are challenging times for our urban environments, and their destinies depend on the understanding of the ordinary citizen.