After read a text which talked about architecture it made me feel a lot of things. It made me able to connect with this career even before I really know it. It’s like when you see someone for the first time and for an instant you know what it’s gonna cause in you or what a part of you will take. The text made me feel like I belonged, well I’m that kind of person who value those who know the difference between seeing and observing and those who perceive the things in common that are between loving and hating. It’s amazing how in “designing a building” there’s more than it looks. How an architect seeks a connection with people through things that some detract from.
The people say that beauty enters through the eyes and of course it’s true. But also, they say that something really fall in love when you know what’s inside. Like with a person, you look at her but you feel like you can’t lose her when you really meet her; is like music, the melody draws you in but the lyrics give the song meaning; like a painting, you see its contrast and it delights you but until you understand the meaning you realize why its value. The same happens with the architecture, we must create a story through forms and materials, we must generate a feeling of belonging with only the presence of a building.
This text talks about many issues that influence in design of a building and how we can make that aforementioned connection generated. It talks about the shape and the materials, how thousands of ideas can be born in a material… how we create on what is already created. It also talks about intangible things that influence our mood such as sound, temperature and light. It tell us that a sound makes us feel at home just by listening to our mothers arrive, or who the cold generates nostalgia or who the light makes us feel alive. Thinking of every detail to generate the feeling we are looking for is fantastic, how we should think about the body of our building without forgetting the psychology of society.
Something that I would like to highlight in this text would be the moment in which it speak of “architecture as a surrounding”. I love the idea of believing that we control time even knowing that we really don’t, but somehow we contribute to the memories of all the people in the world. Just as a song reminds us of someone or a moment in our life, a building speaks for itself and tell us a story whit its walls cracked or you tell it what happened next to it 30 years ago. I like to believe that we beautify the real world to real people.
I always knew that being an architect would be a great challenge, but this text made me realize that the real challenge is to tell something without speaking. It’s satisfying to think that even the places I’m gonna design will mean something to someone else, even if that person doesn’t know my name… knowing that I contributed to their life story is great. It’s like someone who wins and celebrates in silence.