The Crisis, that is, Design

Why Design?
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.

Architecture of Juxtapositions

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;

The crisis lies in the inability to functionalise a form, not in the initiative to make function follow form.
 
We live in a world where consumers have to be ‘fascinated’ not just ‘impressed’. This adage applies not only to architecture but to all walks of life. A casual look at the smartphone market is enough to bring this into light.
Am I the only one who holds this perspective? The answer is no. A lot of designers question this imperative. Some question the original intent of the statement itself, claiming that it refers to a more ‘spiritual’ rather than literal directive. Regardless of the intent of the statement itself, the only questions that remains are;
Without the edacious human drive to want the impossible are we not limiting ourselves?
Isn’t the current state of the world with it’s diverse yet juxtaposing architectural identities a compelling era to live in?
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