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ILLUSTRATED BY AVILA

OUR COLUMNIST AVILA REFLECTS ON THE WAY ARCHITECTURE HAS BEEN FORMULATED (I SUPPOSE, BY THE LIKES OF RENZO PIANO AND NORMAN FOSTER) IN THE XX CENTURY:

‘Great comment… Architecture is being define more and more as the “conquest for space” often forgetting that people has to live “in, with and within” that space… It looks like the “human aspect” is being relegated to a second or even a third place. The objective seems to be keeping and shielding humans from the environment that surrounds them; in this way, a world of possibilities can state who we are and what we do… Architecture is being defined constantly by the progress of science and technology to lower the costs of “conquering that space” disregarding on the way the effect that those actions are having on people… In another words, today generally people must adapt to architecture and the manufacturing processes associated with it which is closely related to temporality… Office buildings, hospitals, homes, etc.etc. are design in one way or another to either keep people as long as possible to isolate them from the rest of the worl, or keeping them as little time as possible inside them due to the lack of “humanity”… like saying “what ever you do here is not that important because you are not important and what ever you do here is either irrelevant or replaceable”… In great manner, Architecture exchanged its past significance as a permanent element specifying precise limits and boundaries of significance, for an incongruent, adaptable, transitory and encapsulating way of capturing space where figures must be shown in rendering drawings to imply the possibility of a human connection…

Societies throughout history believed they had reached the frontiers of human accomplishment by symbolizing the space in different ways… and I guess that today that symbology is reaching the limits of human understanding…’