PEOPLE PLACE RELATIONSHIPS

ISSUE 4

SEPTEMBER 2021

Ironic Urban Advancement

We are all a part of this vast universe and yet the universe itself, things we have only recently started to realise. As an individual Srushti feels responsible to express herself and her understanding of things, for everyone in here, through art, writing, architecture and other forms of expression. She believes that this reaffirms our humanness and brings us all together. As a part of nature, and as an artist she aspires to bring balance to all forms of nature, in every way she can. According to her, the purpose of her life here is to love and spread love to all forms of nature that exist amongst us. Like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said “Dust thou art, to dust thou returnest”.

As humans, we are more than physical appearance. Our physical appearance being the very essence, but the mental state being the basis of it all. Conscious or subconscious, the mind gets impacted by the environment around. Not only in behavioral patterns, but on a deeper personal belief level, where implementations can be seen. The mind and body are so deeply related that physical wellness can improve mental health. Physically spending time in nature or with people you love can release oxytocin in the brain, implementing a good mood and raising levels of happiness.

Right from birth, we are in an environment, the immediate external parameter that can negatively or positively influence the growth of our minds. Certainly, as architects, we want to design comfortable spaces. But the idea of comfort varies from one individual to another. Most of the difference is the environmental influence at tender ages.

Yes, comfort is different from region to region, home to home, space to space, human to human, and emotion to emotion as well. Our immediate emotions dictate our very perception of comfort in the spaces around us. This makes us want to get into the deeper sensations of emotions and beliefs of the living race. An emotionally drained person will look out for comfort in all the places they perceive, whereas an energized person will not need to be stimulated by external comfort, due to their state of mind. A room can be our comfort zone while in a disturbed state we would want to get away from there too.

       

We can never truly make all humanity comfortable in one space itself, but we can give them space to make each other comfortable. That freedom to make each other comfortable is the emotion that adds the feel into the space.

A design can be created using varied perceptions, trying to eradicate any emotion of discomfort, thus when several humans become a part of the space, they are actively involved as the soul of the space. The objective of the space becomes their own, in the moments they are within it and among the other users of the space. The emotional connection can be stimulated by architecture and spaces, but the urban perspective to the space and its meaning is impacted by each and every being who is a part of it.

Once a person is positively stimulated, the whole space is energized and one by one a little bond starts to form. One can never imagine that an uncomfortable space would prompt bonding, if only in rare cases.

Spaces that inspire quality are a mindful blend of carefully chosen elements. These elements are some of the very basic ones- light, air, nature, openness, material comfort, and other less perceived but highly impactful elements. Once carefully observed, these elements each stimulate our human senses. Every sense needs the satisfaction to feel free in a space. Uneasiness in the smallest part of our body will drastically decline the comfort of the space.

When so many individuals of varied backgrounds, perceptions, and beliefs come together, there is certainly going to be a slight discomfort of one’s needs to incorporate another’s. Why should there be a compromise at all? It is a necessity, that everyone’s needs be of utmost priority. Designing spaces of an inclusive nature broadens the egoistic perspectives to more humane horizons. Is that a necessity? Certainly. One individuals’ perspective cannot be the reason for another’s freedom being lost.

As a conscious community, we at this stage are capable of being sensitive to various things and most of all to fellow living beings. Everyone has been imparted the breath and the senses to be alive at this moment, and who are we to take that away from anyone. Understanding various perspectives and indulging in this buffet of beliefs and thoughts, imparts us with an emotion called empathy. It brings out our love and care for the fellow beings with whom we are blessed to share and feel spaces and emotions.

Humans tend to have a comfort space around them, which they cannot bear being intruded. Territoriality can close out parts of a community, resulting in divisions of sectors. Unique spaces are formed with this comfort, allowing only certain beings to be a part of it. Certain openness and perceptive comfort can work wonders in designing a space.

The advancement of society has prompted the evolution of the human mind in a way that encourages awareness and much more interaction than previously observed. Interactive housing, open public spaces, and community spaces have encouraged an interaction that was previously not dominant. No one dominates and no one should dominate in a space that unites minds on a common platform. Each individual is entitled to a fair share of the space and its utilization.  The rise of awareness of equality and the importance of having independent ideologies are the characteristics that resonate with the common contemporary perception right now, which saw its nascent stage in a postmodern era.

As a perceptive writer, I feel the need for spaces to be more merged, rather than loud. The designing of space need not speak loudly through the material or the form aspect of it but through its organization of spaces which encourage blending in of minds. The forms and materials certainly are the later part of a thoughtful design. The space needn’t have to call out its purpose. The purpose will call itself out, as the interaction increases, and the purpose gets realized. The realization of space is what architecture and spatial organization should be. When the feeling and emotion behind the design of space resonates with the emotions of the person experiencing it, then the design has been realized. The design will then have fulfilled its purpose and will continue to do the same in different aspects and scales. The space is no longer merely physical now but is a metaphor of the emotion felt. This evoked emotion shared among the preceptors brings out the soul of the space.

The realization, many times, is not related to the purpose of the space alone, but also the smaller part of a space, that is us. It is a chance, to get beyond our previous awareness of the society. The stage should encourage interlinkage for much more adaptive lifestyles and perceptions while being an essential foundation in holding the society and its beings together.

An evolutionary mindset that is blooming, is rising to a state of understanding, and thus empathy for fellow beings. This is what the minds are adopting in the presence of an interactive environment. A nurturing aura is expanding the growth and interlinking one to another. The realization in humans that everyone has a unique perception that can better the world, is taking a centre stage. With this aim in mind, community spaces are encouraging gatherings, talks, and lectures where people express and understand each other. A growth that seems very minute, but on a personal level is changing the lives of people.

This is where the spatial order will play an essential part in rooting the society and its units to one another. The growth and care we look for around can be found in architecture. The spaces will further the involvement with one another and encourage concern towards our fellow humans. With this awareness and empathy, one can move towards a better understanding of the surroundings and the parts of it. This could be personal or professional relationships, all brought down to the level of human concern and a much sensitive perspective incorporated with a comfortable approach.

The human consciousness, the material perceptions, and the amalgamation of greener spaces are ready to transform the external and internal world through architecture. The focus of architecture and spaces is the betterment of the lives which humans lead. This has been clear in all respects of development and has only been losing its touch in recent urbanism. We ought to drive it back to its purpose and make the society sensitive to itself over all sorts of mishaps that it has gone through. This is the time to grow through, together.

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