In the race of life, there are dreamers and there are doers… Though all architects are essentially dreamers, there are no prospects for them unless they become doers. And if all dreamers became architects… there’s no telling what the face of the world would be like.
Architecture is life. Architecture encompasses space and the time you spend in it. Architecture deals with the world as a whole. This is the world that has been given to us… to live in… to work in… to enjoy… and architecture helps us make the best of it. Architecture is not only about buildings… buildings are but a mere fraction of architecture. But since they are the most common and significant representatives of architecture, buildings need to be given due magnitude.
The canvas of architects is the skyline, the horizon… immeasurable and boundless… stretching beyond imagination… this is the infinite scope of architecture.
As a student of this field, I have never felt like a mere college student, going through the tedious motions of classes, assignments and exams. I have always felt like a designer in the making. I have always felt responsible. There is a weight on my shoulders that I must bear for the sake of my city, for the people and places around me, for the elders who left it to us and for the coming generations… but most importantly, for me.
What significant change can I bring about that will affect the world, and the way it is looked at? I know that I am capable of greatness, of being able to make an impact and leaving behind my footsteps on the sands of time… perhaps even capable of bringing about a revolution… just like everyone else is capable. The question lies in do I wish to take advantage of this potential and make something happen, or do I just wait for things to happen to me?
Science– not everyone can understand. Art– not everyone can judge. But architecture can be understood and judged by all. It is the common man’s science, it is art for every person. As students, we are taught that our medium of expression is the language of graphics. We learn about hand-to-eye co-ordination, proportions, the Golden Mean… but ultimately, our link to the world is not through structural formulae or perspective sketches… it is the walk-through space that we create and how we inadvertently touch people’s lives, most times without their apprehension. Through buildings, we architects bare our souls to the world, right on the street, to appreciate or put down, to whitewash or graffitize, to renovate or demolish. Now that takes guts.
Yes, architecture is life. Living takes guts. There is no space for cowards in the race of life. Cowards stand at the sidelines while life passes them by. Would you rather sit in front of the TV watching travel shows or get off your butt and tour the world yourself? It’s a matter of choice.
It’s also a matter of perception. Of conviction. And sometimes it’s just a matter of clearing your vision.