Our final university project of the semester has arrived, and I’m thoroughly enjoying designing again. I’ve already accumulated about 20 pages in my design journal dedicated to this project, information about the client, facts about the location, materials I’d like to use, the general concept, but I feel like I’m hitting a brick wall inspiration wise.
And I’ve come to wonder if it’s even possible to have one original idea anymore. Everything I like, everything I want to create, can be traced back to some building or painting I’ve seen, lecture I’ve heard, even a novel I’ve read. I realise that researching others work is an essential task in helping to form a mature approach to design, a way to learn from, and to appreciate beauty. Past artwork or Architecture informs our thinking and can inspire us, but the ambition to create something new and innovative seems almost curbed.
In the past, new and modern Architecture could be achieved through a recently discovered material, like glass or steel, which changed the way buildings looked forever. Suddenly a structure could seem weightless, floating almost. Engineering and science paved the way for new and strange designs to spring up. But what now? People are not easily awed anymore. Imagine how people felt when they first walked into the Hagia Sofia in 537 AD, an impossible height suspended above them, dripping with wealth, golden mosaics surrounding their every turn. It must have felt celestial. What building could really take our breath away nowadays? People are bombarded with images everyday, we see these buildings through our tv’s, we’re de-sensitised to the wonders of the world, the pyramids, the Eiffel tower, St Peters. We work or spend our time in huge, tall, glass structures, it’s not uncommon for us, do we even look up anymore?
What needs to be built, that will still be here 1000’s of years later? What will people want to fight to preserve and restore? What building can we look at, and feel moved by? Can people be blown of their feet anymore? Is everything that can be done, done?
Let me know what you think! 🙂