WE44 - Trends in Architecture – follow or ignore?

Wednesday, November 28 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

Frank Lloyd Wright reminds us that, "Every great architect is -- necessarily -- a great poet. (S)he must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age."

We designers are surrounded by fast changing trends. Which trends should we follow and which should we ignore? How can we avoid being lured by a trend? Or should we give in? How can we foresee which architectural trends will define the next decade and beyond? Architecture leaves a long standing print. It is not as flexible as interior design or fashion industry. Buildings cannot easily change their look. So how can we make a building attractive and relevant not only for today‘s, but for tomorrow’s generation as well?
In this session we will explore the rise, life and decay of some recent trends using both case studies and concepts. We would investigate psychological, technological and social reasons behind trends and which have a solid base and chance to survive and become an ”architectural language,” and which are likely to become outdated quickly. We will discuss the core and features timeless verses trendy design.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to identify the latest trends

Recognize psychological, technological and social reasons behind trends

Evaluate the ”trendy” architecture verses “timeless architecture”

Discuss future trends


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU

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