414-426). As a starting point, a phenomena can be found everywhere, whether it is the real or intangible kind. It is what gives reality shape and form. Architecture is a total environment made visible to the user. It give rise to the importance of place within their everyday lives.
• IDENTITY AND CONTROL. People should feel that some part of the environment belongs to them, individually and collectively, some part for which they care and are responsible, whether they own it or not. The urban environment should be an environment that encourages people to express themselves, to become involved, to decide what they want and act on it. Like a seminar where everybody has something to contribute to communal discussion, the urban environment should encourage participation. Urbanites may not always want this.
They exist for the purpose of allowing people to, at a primal level, interact with each other, socialize, and form meaningful connections with each other. They stand as a platform for social movements and building a sense of community. They allow people to come together. From an Urban planning perspective, Public spaces are vital to the life of a city. Any city which sees itself as the idealised centre of the nation will offer a large number of quality spaces.
Architecture affecting social life is a very discernible phenomenon of rearrangement of the social stages on which we play our roles and a resulting change in our sense of “appropriate behavior”. Architecture develops and becomes differentiated as an aspect of culture. A society’s view of physical space, its transformation and interpretation are a part of its culture and it is this view that constitutes the foundation of
Urban design involves the integration of knowledge from varied fields such as the built environment, urban planning, landscape architecture, civil and municipal engineering. Urban planning requires a good understanding of the physical geography that should be developed. In most cases, urban design involves the coming up with connections that connect people and places, movement and urban form and the built fabric. Urban design determines a number of factors in an area. The major one is environmental stewardship, social
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.
SOCIO-CULTURAL ASPECTS Vernacular architecture is a concrete manifestation of society and its culture. The study of its anthropology highlights the nuances of human behaviour and beliefs in architecture. The traditional beliefs are seen as concepts of planning of traditional towns and architectural expression of the vernacular built form. The archaeological excavations at the world heritage site of hampi, demonstrate that the urban layout is underlined by cosmic geometries (Mitchell 2001). Religious rituals and community behaviour also underline the study of traditional environments.
The town has a pre-existing built environment yet a large amount of open space is available between the structures. Designing a public building within Noupoort will have similarities to the first concept and the buildings constructed will be largely influence by the natural and man-made landscape and inferences will be deduced from the environment. With little built environment immediately next to the project the building will largely influence and define the space around the structure and in return define the landscape as
The Built Environment as a physical manifestation of human thought Buildings exist for more than just functionality. They exist. at least partially as a means to see history, culture, dreams and aspirations of everyone involved in its use and construction. In this essay I intend to prove how minds shape spaces and spaces shape minds. When we talk about culture we refer to the tradition, demographics and the religious beliefs of a particular city’s inhabitants.
BACKGROUND OF URBAN PUBLIC SPACES Urban Public spaces (UPS) can be defined as elements within an Urban fabric, which bind the different components of a city together, reinforcing the urban fabric. Paul D Spreiregen defines public spaces as “…. Buffer space(s) in a city. They create a gathering place for people, humanizing them by mutual contact, providing them with shelter against the haphazard traffic and freeing them from the tension of bustling through the web of streets.”1 UPS are essentially open spaces and could be public parks, gardens, playgrounds, chowks, streets, plazas, plinths, lakes, promenades, avenues, boulevards, common gathering spaces in colleges, hospitals, offices etc. Public spaces may be planned and designed or may have