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Architecture can change the world

by Ipek Kuran on 25th October, 2012 at 11:47 AM CEST

Before asking "How?", I would like to start with another question: "Can architecture really change the world?" 

I can remember the first time that I asked myself this question. It was my first day at architecture school. Head of the department came to the Introduction to Architecture course and wanted us to write a short essay on the reason why each of us wanted to study architecture. For me, it was a challenging question because since my childhood, I always have wanted to make something for the others, change the world and I have had no idea how to combine this childhood dream with architecture… But let's just stop here for a while and try to find out whether architecture can change the world and while we are on our small journey to the world of architecture, you too also try to come up with your own questions.Then I'm going to tell you what I wrote as an answer…

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To start from a small scale; when we think about the places where we live, work, spend time etc., we can see that they all have certain effects on our psychology, even on our health. We spend most of our time at work and even though it is possible to shape our houses according to our needs and pleasure, offices are mostly designed to make us start waiting for the end of the day as we step in. So let's play a small game; close your eyes and imagine your dream working place. I would prefer the one with a beautiful courtyard which has lots of trees, flowers and which is full of daylight instead of artificial lighting. In that office, the floor and the tables are all made out of wood and the place is full of books, paintings on the wall and has a certain kind of music in its architectural spirit. Even thinking about it makes us smile, doesn't it? So can you imagine how productive it could be for a company to have all those workers who love spending time at work? 

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To keep it short, ask yourself these questions:

Which is your favorite place to eat? Which city do you love the most and why? The answers are mostly somehow related to architecture. We love the streets and the buildings in our favorite cities, we love the beautiful vista of our favorite restaurant, we love the shadows on our balcony during the sunset etc. All those examples mean that architecture is much more powerful as we think much more deeply about it. It has much more effects on our psychology, even on our motions and emotions! 

Architecture offers a way to change the world and I'm really trying to make my childhood dream real. Architecture is my way to do it and it is the best and the most joyful way for me. 

How are you bringing positive change in the world by doing what you love?

Ipek Kuran, Writers Action Team #9

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Mariam Vadria

Mariam Vadria | Action team

Ipek! Thank you for bringing such a different topic on board! After reading your article I have actually begun to pay attention on the make of buildings! I wish every house could have the architecture that of museums, so silent, calm and yet diverse!

I think all architectures can help majorly by recommending wheel chair friendly and handicap friendly structures when the blue prints being finalized. That'll help them feel like the rest of us, coz they are! And often even more brilliant I must say!

Meanwhile, I love writing, so I am a part of this forum trying to bring in positive thoughts. But I want to do more much more!

26th October, 2012 @ 9:00 AM CEST

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