Reflection on “Intervention”
Architecture is a powerful tool to bring about change. In the past it has destroyed environments and has been used to suppress and segregate communities. Through the course of my studies in the architecture program I learned about the negative impacts of architecture, but also discovered ways in which buildings are currently being designed as positive interventions within their greater context.
In more recent years, the negative impact that the built world has had on the natural environment has become increasingly evident. The answer isn’t simply to stop building, or to reach net zero in carbon output. Moving away from degenerating systems to sustainable “neutrality” only stops contributing to the problem, but it does not aid in mending the harmful impact that our natural environment has already sustained. Architecture needs to intervene on the environment to restore and regenerate nature. The intervention of built space ought to extend beyond the footprint of the building in order to replenish life in hurting ecosystems.
Although the impact of the built world on its natural context is of great importance and part of our God-ordained task of caring for the land (Genesis 1:28), architecture is ultimately realized for the purpose of creating spaces for human dwelling. The ways in which these spaces are crafted have psychological and sociological effects. Architecture and the planning of communal spaces can break down walls in hurting communities. The intervention of architecture as a tool to create diverse places promotes inclusivity, as awareness breeds acceptance.
Architecture in its inherent nature is an intervention. At its core, architecture is the act of place-making, the creation of new space. The built world can have either a positive or negative impact, as it alters its given physical and social environment. Architecture has the power to intervene for the purpose of bringing positive change to any given environment.
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