World Architecture Day

Ali Osman Öztürk – A Tasarım Mimarlık

AKM Millet Bahçesi (National Garden), Ankara, Turkey © A Tasarım Mimarlık - Ali Osman Öztürk

The pandemic, which started in 2019 and continues, has mobilize us faster than ever before to understand the changing daily life practices. Social groups evolving into a singular, yet inclusive community indicate that we need to better understand autonomous living and adapt our design standards accordingly.

Ali Osman Öztürk

Architectural change in the upcoming period

This topic opens up a space for us to think about the organic relationship between architecture and daily life. Architecture is a developing practice that changes according to the needs of public and personal spaces. As architects who discover and analyze people’s daily life set up, we always attach importance to finding fast and effective solutions to changing needs.

Interestingly, the pandemic, which started in 2019 and continues, has mobilize us faster than ever before to understand the changing daily life practices.

Social groups evolving into a singular, yet inclusive community indicate that we need to better understand autonomous living and adapt our design standards accordingly.

Role of the architect

While the role of the architect differs according to the social, political and cultural environment of the period he lived in; It is also related to the geography in which it is performed. For this reason, it is necessary to describe well which period and location what we call the past corresponds to.

However, if we need to evaluate the roles that the ‘architect’ acquired before us from a general perspective, the architect- as a creator was a power that set rules, made decisions, and should be able to think and implement from every angle how the living spaces should be. The increasingly complex social life brought the role of the architect to a new level with the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars. While architects became more involved in the social order and politics with the decisions they made at the city scale, they found finding functional solutions superior to her aesthetic concerns.

Today, we may not be able to define the architect in a single way. There are many different practices and approaches. However, we can say that the needs and aesthetic concerns of the individualized society require more subjective and non-ordinary solutions.

For this reason, today’s architect should try to better understand the people who will live in the space and adapt to the times by keeping the design standards more variable. They should be able to develop quick reflexes to changing needs and aesthetic concerns and should not forget their own identity while doing this.