Thursday, April 22, 2010

Nyrens on the Architecture of Necessity

Virserum Art Museum has invited four of the biggest construction and architecture consultants to contribute with features to the exhibition WOOD 2010, in conjunction with the international call for an Architecture of Necessity. Lukas Thiel is an architect at Nyrens in Stockholm, one of the four agencies that are taking part.

What are your views on the call for the Architecture of Necessity?

It is pertinent with a discussion about our future that leads to good examples and helps ease the transition towards a sustainable society. It is important to ask the questions of what is necessary, what are the social needs, and what can the future look like.
In what way will Nyréns contribute to the Architecture of Necessity?

Nyréns, in conjunction with international research and consulting firm Kairos Future, will fill four square metres with purpose. The process wil provide us with the possibility of continuing our journey towards the future, where we will not simply be manning the oars but also navigate and control the rudder. We aim to make our internal dialog a conversation to include all who are interested.

Do architects have a big responsibility when it comes to sustainable development?

Yes. The role played by the architect allows possibilites for influencing development. The architect often shoulders the job of the champion of soft values, and therefore has cause to explain the relationship between architectural quality and profitable projects. The same is the case for sustainable solutions, where the architect can function as a catalyst in a greater process involving multiple actors.

Does the Architecture of Necessity entail a compromise on form and design?

No. Throughout history, art and architecture has been shaped by our view of the world, and vice versa. We see no exception in terms of the design of a sustainable society. Most likely the challenge will be to understand the cultural differences between the existing world order centered around a western frameowork, and the emergence of new world order based on an eastern framework. We must also prepare ourselves for a more rapid rate of change in an architecture that is flexible without sacrificing the specificity.

What does the future hold for architecture?

The human environment is not a consequence of instinct, as is the case with the bird's nest or the ant hill. Instead, the built environment manifests itself in an analysis of our practical and conceptual prerequisites. We are facing major changes but the basic human conditions and character remain. The immediate future for architecture will most likely be shaped by costs and access to resources such as energy, labour, construction materials, transport, as well as growing migration to urban areas. Looking further ahead, once the world has rid itself of its dependency on fossil fuels, we might find that current issues of clean water and adequate food supply become even more challenging.

1 comment:

  1. I totaly belief that architects creates a societys feauture and the architecture of a country is a sign of its well being.