How might we as architects participate in creating better future, if people don’t need architecture?
Unlike the work done by lawyers or doctors, the content of architectural work, the creation of the built environment, also takes place without architects. Architecture’s long-term share of turnover in the construction industry is less than 1%. What is the value of architecture to society? On the one hand, being an architect is valuable social status; on the other, no one wants to hire you, as Peggy Deamer discusses in her text “Deprofessionalism” in “Architects after Architecture”.
It is clear from the available data that innovation in the profession comes in response to external needs and that most commissions were individual housing. What is realised tends to be a compromise between budget, building regulations, technical possibilities and the wishes of people who are involved in the process. Is the construction of spaces and spaces the answer to the social challenges of the 21st century? What and how can architects contribute to society?