Architecture_school by mohamedbaia16

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									Title:
Architecture school

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380

Summary:
Architecture school is definitely a strange place. Most of the folks I
know at my architect school have some kind of extremely idiosyncratic
vision of why they came there in the first place.


Keywords:
Architecture school


Article Body:
For some people, it was all about some building that inspired them as a
child. Perhaps they grew up in some gorgeous mansion. perhaps they went
to one of the great museums of the world as a kid and were completely
captivated by it. Whatever it was, a single building got them interested
in the process of designing and building others.

For other people, architecture schools are part of a political mission.
You wouldn't believe how many visionaries there are at an average
architectural school. At the one I go to, they probably make up half the
class. Some of them want to design buildings with the idea of providing
beautiful and affordable housing to the poor, others to change the way we
see space as a society.

For me, going to architecture school was part of a much more down to
earth experience. As a matter of fact, you could say that I always had an
interest in buildings. I grew up on a farm, in one of the last
communities in this country that still practices barn raising. For me,
architecture school was not the realization of a lifelong abstract dream,
but rather a way to build on my early, hands on experiences with communal
buildings.

 I feel like this gives me a much clearer vision than many people in
architecture schools nowadays. Your typical architecture school student
has his or her head in the clouds. In some ways, this is a good thing. It
is good to have a vision to unify your buildings. There are many things
that buildings have to be. They have to be functional, structurally
sound, and comfortable to occupy. They don't necessarily have to be
beautiful. When they are beautiful, however, it is like a wonderful
luxury for the city around. Although not everyone understands an
architect's vision, they can tell whether or not he has one.

On the other hand, if you enroll in a school of architecture without any
hands-on experience, you can lose track of the purpose behind what you
are doing. Architecture is, after all, about providing spaces for people
to live and work. Architecture school can teach you many things, but
unless you go in with this understanding, you will never build with both
elegance and practicality.

								
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