The Irish Architectural Institute (IAI) has published an article in which the Irish architect, architect and designer of the past 40 years, Jens Neumann, shares his thoughts on the changing landscape of architecture and the importance of localism in design.
“Localism has always been a big deal to me,” he said.
“We live in a place where a lot of our ideas are about where you live.
It’s important for us to have a sense of place.
I think the fact that we’re so far from the centres of society that we have to have that kind of spatial awareness is really important.”
I think localism is important.
I’ve been very lucky to have been in a position where I can take a lot and build something with that and I think we’re going to see a lot more of it.
It seems that architecture in the future will be built around localised spaces.
I have to be aware of that.
I was recently thinking about a new project and I came up with this idea of an office park that would take the place of the existing parking lot.
It would be the kind of place that would attract people to come to and be connected with their community.
We’re going back to that theme and I hope that this article will inspire more people to think about that kind, localised design and not just ‘here’s the best building in the world, go and get it’.
“Architectural technology is very much in the forefront of this,” Neumann added.
“The world is going to change in a really big way, but we have a lot to learn from architecture.
I mean we’re doing it very well but it’s still not perfect.
We’ve got to keep that in mind, that you’re going from a space to a space and then to a different place.”
Read more: The 10 best places to live in Europe “Architecture is the first art form, and if you don’t have a great architecture, it’s not art,” he explained.
“I think architecture is very important because it’s about finding the most beautiful things and then creating them in the most creative way possible.”
“I’m looking forward to this article being read by so many people, so I want it to be read by many people.”
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