Community Architecture And Cultural Architecture

2046 WordsMay 17, 20169 Pages
The idea of ‘community architecture’ was not new, and it is related to our life. In relation to western and non-western architecture to analysis ‘community architecture’ has a huge difference. For relatively affluent Western countries, the spirit of ‘community building‘ will be how to build a better environment and conditions to make residents feel comfortable, but for non-Western countries, ‘community architecture’ often represents public buildings. This dissertation will discuss what is ‘community architecture’, why ‘community architecture’ is so special, and analysis different cases in Western and non-Western ‘community architecture’ to point out the differences and values. What is ‘community architecture’? The ‘Community Architecture’…show more content…
“Community architecture means that the person who inhabits it are involved in and may even be instigators of, its creation and its management as well. The inhabitants are the clients; and the architect works for, or at least with them--in contrast to the typical situation where architects and user never meet.” () The ‘ community architecture’ was the newly invented notion that user participation in the environment is more important than any of another architectural concept, especially in contrast to ‘conventional architecture’. The reasons of that could be limited resources, materials and financial. What makes ‘community architecture’ different? There are a number of important differences between ‘community architecture’ and ‘conventional architecture’. As the result of ‘conventional architecture ‘ are more popular than ‘community architecture’, government policies and market demand. The situation of users in ‘conventional architecture’ is passive recipients of an environment conceived, executed, managed and evaluated by others: corporate, public or private sector landowners and developers with professional 'experts '. In the relationship between user and architect is remote, arm 's length. Little if any direct contact. Experts - commissioned by landowners and developers - occasionally make superficial attempts to define and consult end-users. But their attitudes are mostly paternalistic and
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