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Housing is becoming one of humanity’s biggest concerns of the future. Are we Architects even helping the cause?

Architecture has always been considered to be a profession that is eloquent while at the same time, mysterious and alluding. It is a combination of science, technology, art(?), rationale and more importantly, ethics. It is a provider and a means of creation. With an increasing amount of people migrating from the rural to the urban, the urbanized world is finding itself in constant need of housing – housing that is cheap, sustainable and accessible.

House Movers, San Francisco | Dave Glass…

House Movers, San Francisco | Dave Glass | via the-gasoline-station It’s funny how something can seem so permanent yet have such a mobile history.

House Movers, San Francisco | Dave Glass | via the-gasoline-station It’s funny how something can seem so permanent yet have such a mobile history.

 

While we have all been busy behind the dim glow of our monitors trying to churn up the next-best-design idea the world has seen, there are people elsewhere who are carrying out construction a completely different way.
In cities like Bangalore, you constantly come across housing that is not designed by an architect, but the important part is that it works well to suit its occupants.
The excuse for a lot of people not hiring architects – they are expensive, difficult to convince and also, the entire process of getting the job done can be more time-consuming and most times, the guy footing the bill isn’t interested in our convictions of design and form and space.
In an economy where end users are more concerned about the factor of time and cost, it becomes imperative that architects find ways to create a value-addition to any project.

I came across a few tumblr blogs recently that highlighted housing and architecture from around the world that in some way or another, defies what is standardized and cliche. With so much happening in our cities with the construction recession and unmitigated growth, I felt it was the best time to start a series that would reflect on these issues and ideas and eventually help fuel a long-lived debate that talks about housing and and how architecture is or isn’t playing an important role in enforcing a much needed change in our cities.

theillegalarchitect: catrinastewart: E…

theillegalarchitect: catrinastewart: Ettore Sottsass | India, 1988 Some nice, personal homes- likely constructed by illegal architects. The starting point of everything grand.

theillegalarchitect: catrinastewart: Ettore Sottsass | India, 1988 Some nice, personal homes- likely constructed by illegal architects. The starting point of everything grand.

 

While cities around us are constantly expanding with an increased influx of people and resources, housing products that are on offer are not improving and adapting themselves to the needs or aspirations of the populace. Governance has begun to play an important role in how we provide shelter and whether or not the new laws will be of any use only remains to be seen.

By curating content from across the internet, The Housing Debate is an attempt to generate an open ended discussion between all facets of the society to get a better understanding of how every individual perceives a necessity as simple, essential and multi-layered as housing and how architects across different portfolios of work can make a well-suited difference to this current state of limbo.

Arquitectura & Urbanismo | El Helico…

Arquitectura & Urbanismo | El Helicoide | Via Who says architects are our of touch with society?

Arquitectura & Urbanismo | El Helicoide | Via Who says architects are our of touch with society?

Nowadays, the function of architecture has become boring. Architects just make thick walls with insulation and precise climate control. I don’t want architecture to become a shelter. The clients should be able to choose their own way of living– Junya Ishigami

Think of the gas we would save if we all…

Think of the gas we would save if we all just live on top of Walmart! Offices that look like Houses in Zhuzhou | Unknown

Think of the gas we would save if we all just live on top of Walmart! Offices that look like Houses in Zhuzhou | Unknown

 

It is tempting to think that if we all h…

It is tempting to think that if we all had to live next to the well that pumped our fossil fuel we might think about it more carefully… Then comes the realization that this situation already exists, and no one give it a second thought. LA | Iwan Baan

It is tempting to think that if we all had to live next to the well that pumped our fossil fuel we might think about it more carefully… Then comes the realization that this situation already exists, and no one give it a second thought. LA | Iwan Baan

While most of my writings have been closed ended, I intend to use this platform as a basis for comments, opinions and views from everyone. This would yield a better understanding of how housing as a prototype,the concept of mass housing and Bangalore’s solution to this debacle is visualized.

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