There is such a thing as PUBLIC SPACE and PRIVATE SPACE, and architecture is simply the membrane between the two.
This understanding of architecture is especially important today because privacy is the biggest change we are experiencing as we become ever-more connected and aware of the rest of the world.
Check out this video right now where I talk about where architecture is going…
(Really glad you watched this! I think this is a change that you should be thinking about if you are going to be contributing to the world of architecture in the future.)
Today, people are interacting with each other irrespective of their physical location or the room they are in. We project our identities onto the Internet in the form of social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and a thousand others. We constantly exist in the public realm and we constantly have access to it.
I hate talking about whether this is “good” or “bad.” Forming an opinion and talking about the finer points of this cultural shift is absolutely what we should be doing. But getting romantic about the way things used to be in the old days is pointless.
The question is not “should we continue down this road towards constant connectivity?” It’s “what are we going to do during this shift? How are we going to respond to it?”
With that being said…
The theme I see emerging to the surface is this shifting balance between public and private.
Our very notions of privacy are changing.
The challenge for architects in the coming years will be to reinterpret how spaces create privacy and how much privacy we actually want.
It seems logical to predict that this membrane between public and private will get much skimpier than it used to be. That is to say that we will reveal more as we are becoming comfortable with seeing and being seen more. However, architecture will still remain very controlled and intentional about what it reveals and what it hides, much like the way we decide what we post on the Internet.
Architecture, like any art, is a product of the society that created it.
This is why we are seeing more playful boundaries between public and private.
Of course, society has more complexity to it than a single theme. But privacy will be one of the aspects that we will see being redefined in a big way in the coming years.
It will be within these themes that architects will play and find creative solutions, and from those explorations there may be a style or an “-ism” that emerges.
So the answer to “where is architecture going?” is being fleshed out right in front of our eyes, because it’s what we are doing as a society and as architects. All you have to do is join the conversation one way or another.
How do you see architects reacting to changes in privacy and connectivity? What other themes do you think will be at the forefront of society in the coming years?
Let me know in the comments down below!