Design is the evolution of function. The inherent compulsion and desire of human beings to indulge in more than what they have has resulted in the dawn of the word ‘design’. Sustainability is the desperate attempt to protect the desire to ‘design’, which has now become a crucial part of human life.
From caves to shelters and finally to the world we live in now, it is all but a result of this passion. To revert to caves, to undo all that has been achieved is contrary to the human thought process. Scientifically we may be classified as ‘animals’, however, isn’t it the ability to ‘innovate’ as well as ’empathize’ that places us at the very top of this hierarchal ladder.
One of the taboos of the architectural world is to go against the conceptual idea of ‘form follows function’. An oft-used and perhaps ‘misquoted’ quotation that has been ingrained in our minds since you step into the field itself. This is a perspective I would beg to differ from. No matter how much I have wanted to ‘mature’ into this idea; it never works.
The desire to create functions in a form is what leads to discovery and invention. A simple example being; wanting to decrease the footprint of everyday items. We want slim products because they look beautiful; this leads to the natural urge to ‘re-design’ a product to fit this criteria. Hence in this case the function followed the form and not vice versa. In my opinion;