The relationship between environment and culture is an interesting one: i’ve been particularly lucky this week to work in a wide range of organisations, sporting different physical spaces, from the high tech glassy to the downright arty slum. In one of the more modern spaces, someone said something to me that really resonated: their space exposed the raw structure of the building, the girders, wires, cement and steel poked through. A staircase had been driven right through this structure, so you literally walked through the fabric of the building. He said ‘we deliberately have the space like this because it reminds us that our work is only 1% done, that we are creating the culture and future’.
I like this notion of architecture as community memory and provocation: the notion that by deliberately stripping out the finish we can provoke ourselves to achieve more.
But environments are not the only…
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