Buildings shape us and how we go about our days in our daily lives. Cities and the environment that we live in can drastically alter our moods. Urban architects and psychologists have been studying these effects ever since modern landscapes have been propping up. Oftentimes it can be seen that urban architects eschew conventions and functionality in order to come up with a building that has unique and eye-catching facades. In order to have a more cohesive effect on the public, buildings and urban milieu needs to be both utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing. Ar. Manish Dikshit, the founding partner of the luxurious architecture firm, Aum Architects is here to impart some insider knowledge on how architecture has an impact on the very fabric of our society.
Speaking about routes, architecture is an element that is indispensable in nature. Architecture is more than just making buildings - it is something that is embedded in our culture, and so, it is a must that the architecture we encounter in the urban city is shaped by human activity. Everything from occupant health to the productivity of the employees depend on the architecture of the building. Therefore, as opposed to the ancestors that used to work and toil under the sun, we, as contemporary humans, work in air conditioned offices that play a much more significant role on our psyche. Simulating our neurological biases is a must when it comes to staying indoors. So, if a built environment is designed properly, it can elevate people’s moods, promote optimistic thoughts, and improve self-esteem.
On the other hand, the issue of sustainability is a hot topic that has been on the news constantly. Sustainability is more than a trend - it is a lifestyle that is used in order to mitigate the global environmental crisis. As time passes, the planet becomes increasingly inhabitable. Thus, it is the need of the hour wherein we need to address the consequences of the actions of humankind. But with the help of smart facades, it can be observed that the environmental crisis can be controlled upto a certain level. Intelligent facades can mean a myriad of things depending on who you ask. So this facade can be controlled that responds to the external climate needs while keeping the insides cool. This is a great way to dramatically cut down on the use of air conditioning systems that drive up the electricity bills and increase the energy consumed. Green buildings are also designed in such a way that it requires less resources to be maintained, and can even be designed in such a way that they give back to the environment.
In different parts of the world, people are intrinsically connected to the buildings they see. For example, in many of the historical buildings present in India, it has been observed that they are deeply rooted in local culture. So, temples have been a common space where everyone is accepted and welcome. Jharokhas have been an enduring part of the culture, which have also been adapted in many residential projects. On a separate note, innovation is the epitome of human civilization. They can improve the pre existing practices for the benefit of the society. Technological changes can help support the lives of people. In cities, technology can be used in order to improve the lives of people. Due to the wildly useful Internet of Things, many cities have been converted to smart cities. Citizens can engage with the smart city ecosystem in various ways so that their concerns can be addressed. Devices paired with the city’s physical framework can reduce costs of living while being sustainable in nature as well.
By focusing on the built environment and combining it with modern day psychology, it begs to answer the question with regards to how architecture has an impact on the world around it.