ABC… Architecture, Building and Culture

Architecture plays a critical role in shaping the foundations of our future environment, by working in collaboration and understanding the purpose and function required by the people using it. Needs and ambitions are carefully considered to create a stable environment through thoughtful engineering and planning.

The significance of city planning and engineering on social and economic development is one of the highest factors to consider. Obviously, good infrastructure promotes prosperity by linking people to resource, facilitating industrialisation, trade, and so on.

Architecture follows on from this and is the style of how things are built. You can see the effects of Architecture from different time periods around you everyday. The built environment represents many eras of architecture and has evolved substantially to form the cites/towns you now live/work in. Most buildings survive for several decades, and very many survive for centuries. Careful consideration must be undertaken regarding the building, it’s function, and who uses it before it’s construction.

We show our culture through the various examples of architecture around the world. Culture is known to influence and form the structures that define our experience of living. Throughout time, architecture has persisted as one of the most profoundly important reflections of culture. Whether we consider monumental structures such as the Roman ColiseumNotre Dame and Taj Mahal or modern icons such as the Empire State BuildingSydney Opera House, we see each building reflecting the story of the time, and how that iteration of culture wished to project itself to the future. Architecture is important for infrastructure, from bridges to public spaces and the planned layout of our cities.

Careful consideration from the initial planning phase must happen as this mold’s and shapes, our societies, our cities, our countries and even forms part of our culture.

Look around the cities you live in and think about the planning involved in making our lives better through thoughtful engineering, architecture and construction. I’m sure you’ve all travelled down the M1 lately. This is an example of improving our infrastructure, making it more efficient, connecting cities to accommodate the growing demand of users.