Wearing Architecture

Styles in architecture are easily associated with its time. Buildings are supposed to portray a collective idea of a community at a given moment. In this way, cities represent layers of a society that has been evolving for many years. However, how much architecture represents the spirit of a group of people is difficult to measure. The power of building in a city belongs to very few and they are not often willing to be as democratic as possible regarding how much its use will stand for all its users.

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The stereotyped image of an architect is often someone wearing only black and tailored clothing. It feels natural that someone who’s constructing a grey world out of concrete with well defined arris, would styled oneself with a minimalist dark uniform. At the other end, there’s housing interiors: spaces that are constantly rearranged to satisfy individual needs. When it comes to interior designers, the stereotyped image that comes to our mind is the one of an extravagant person who mixes colors and textures and who doesn’t go unnoticed. There’s definitely a freedom in designing a small scale that is easily changeable versus a big scale that is expected to last for decades.

Loos would consider the elements of a home as layers of oneself: we are not only wearing our clothes but the spaces we’re in. After all, the main point of a home is to shelter, similar to cover oneself. When it comes to the interior of a house there’s no pressure in representing a myriad of identities, it’s about translating an individual personality into a spatial atmosphere. However, in this case, how much an interior represents an individual is also difficult to measure. We would need to take into account not only how useful a house is to its owner, but also in what extent someone’s appearance is linked to a house.

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Although no one would argue that architecture is a field in which we can express our culture visually, there wouldn’t be consent in determining how much we can identify in architecture’s appearance its inhabitants. If the space in which we are living is part of us in a certain extent, we need to feel represented by it. As well as we are engaged with how our home looks, or how our own appearance is revealed to the others, cities need to represent not only the communities they are welcoming but the individualities as well.

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