Society and Architecture
Sustainable architecture intends to create living places wherein social integration takes place. Sustainable urban planning includes human dignity, need for security, public facilities and much more. This distinguishes the task of designing residential buildings from other architectural tasks because all people need a place to live. Other buildings are designed to certain functions. In case of residential buildings, the focus is solely on people and their existential needs. Everyone needs a place to live, and their homes should be as individual as the people who live inside.
We firmly believe that a comfortable and appropriate home is a potential source of peace and inspiration and that this peace and inspiration are a part of the foundation of a flourishing society.
The main purpose of building is to create living environments.
People have always lived in groups together. The more individual the members, the more viable the group. This formulates our guiding principle for integrative housing shown in the Baden-Württemberg model, Schwanenhof-Eichstetten and the student apartment complex .
We make a difference between “active” and “passive” safety aspects. One of the passive measures is to create guidelines of sight and create visual references in order to avoid unexpected and overwhelming contact. Through this disorientation of the individual is avoided and therefore the risk for potential aggression is reduced. Reducing the anonymity is one of the active measures. This increases the responsibility of the residents, thus arise the willingness to actively participate in the community. Participation is an important factor to ensure security of all. Measures from the aspect of architecture design are, for instance, turning corridors into welcoming meeting rooms and building communicative entranceways.
The real focus should always be on the needs of the residents.
Public Spaces and encounters
The public space is an important factor to improve the communication of residents. However, it doesn’t mean the purely physical encounters that are restricted to the anonymous meeting of requirements.. Dignity is preserved only when people actually recognize the humanity of those they encounter. This is an area where architecture can help. If the architect takes the dignity of people into consideration and such people feel that they have been taken into consideration, then they will be more inclined to respect their fellow human beings.
If city developers succeed in increasing the attractiveness of the public spaces around us, then people will be encouraged to spend more time outdoors. This highlights the importance of paying careful attention to the appeal of the residual space around the structures, so that people will experience them as pleasant, both on account of and despite the weather. This task of offering people opportunities to spend time outdoors usually requires relatively little structural expense. The creation of a partially sheltered transition zone between indoor spaces and outdoor spaces, for instance, offers a pleasant place to stay, come rain or shine.