However, much civilization may be of importance it may make some communities to clash and not relate well with some nations. Western civilization has been blamed for eroding some cultural practices that people practiced and felt a sense of belonging. Due to such occurrences religion has taken the place of the traditions that got swept away by this strong wave of civilization (Huntington,
Throughout human history, there is a large degree of inheritance of cultural elements that forms into certain traditions. Those traditions can be so powerful, successful, and influential, so that not only are they copied throughout the culture of the tradition 's origin, but also throughout other cultures. In the context of architecture, some elements of interior design, exterior design, and engineering solutions become acclaimed and accepted as standards to be imitated. All cultures recycle architectural elements, but all of them do it in their own way that reflects a time period, political context, as well as local resources and engineering knowledge. One such example can be found in ancient Japan during the rule of Emperor Tenmu.
John Agnew elaborated on the concept of place and defined it in three ways. The first explanation being that place is a ‘location’, which refers to a fixed co-ordinate on the earth’s surface, the second is place as a ‘locale’ which refers to a place as a material setting for social relations, and lastly a ‘sense of place’ refers to the emotional and subjective attachment that people have to
My culture is very adaptive due to moving and living to new foreign areas. Right now, my culture is a modern American one. Culture to my family and I means that the people we interact with all share a common belief. The actions we take are all common. It is what shaped us to be who we are.
I was brought up in an urban setting with a multicultural society. As a child, my curiosity mainly focused on understanding why people are so different. Why all the races? This provided a strong foundation on which I have built my personal culture. My understanding of cultural diversity came very early in my life.
Arguably it is true that in a city everyone is the same, to a large extent people can't be differentiated on the basis of caste or religion from their dressing styles. But the names provide an undisputable glimpse of the person's origin. The urban lifestyle strives to create unity in fields of job and education but lacks the spirit of diversity. In rural "not so advanced" areas, where on one hand population is divided into communities, on the other hand the tie between members of a particular community is so strong that they can even give up their lives for each other. This is an example of how fission and fusion go hand in
I asked myself how people could still live that type of lifestyle, but everyone in that small town held similar values. How could one person progress their beliefs if their whole environment lives in this pre-modern society? The way people choose to live their life in my father’s hometown is dictated by the generations before them, they do not know anything about individualism and self-reflexivity because they cannot afford to go step away from this culture filled with limitations and roles that were taught to them since
Any public space (place, avenue, fast track, parking, square, pond, lake…etc.) participates in the image of the city. They represent the city, with its essence and dynamicity. The form of architecture is an honest and lively expression of past and present values, it expresses the identity of any society, community, or a nation. As the concept of identity in Architecture is based on a theoretical view which is that the elements, shapes and variant aspects of architecture reflect the lifestyle of the people and the society that produces it.
In old cities, usually these streets which were once such an important zone for community interactions and economic activities are now turned primarily into zones for cars, parking and transportation of goods. In our old civilisation they once held vast social, commercial, and political significance as a powerful symbol of the public realm. Despite the central role they continue to play in each of our lives and memories, today’s streets are failing us on multiple scales. Our streets once functioned as multiple use town centers, as places where children could play and where neighbors and strangers would stop for conversation, today they have become the primary and near exclusive domain of cars. Beyond traffic and safety issues, many of our generation’s most pressing challenges are bound in some way to our relationship with streets and the built environment: Reduced physical activity is a leading culprit of our current epidemics of obesity and chronic disease; lack of access to good places has led to widespread social isolation and depression (particularly amongst older populations); increased vehicle emissions have degraded air quality and contributed to the greenhouse gases causing climate change; and a lack of transportation options for many communities has caused uneven access to jobs, social services,
Architecture has a different kind of characteristics in the society. It includes locality, activity, and community. Moreover, it has different meanings of the society. Especially, it could be able to become a collection of themed spaces, as an event generator and social magnet, and it also as social engagement or community builder. To be honest, the meaning of architecture was re-defined by these few points.