5 Ways To Celebrate World Architecture Day!

Ok, so it’s not a public holiday, and you’re not an Architect, but there’s still plenty of ways YOU can celebrate World Architecture Day TODAY! In fact you have all week to celebrate, so here’s five ideas for you, to get you more excited about Architecture!

1. WATCH: An episode of Grand Designs

If you’ve never seen one, now is the time! Or perhaps revisit an old favourite episode. I love that “Grand Designs” showcases such diverse projects, and that there is a big emphasis on the JOURNEY of architecture/construction and the process involved, not just the staged “hero-shots” that end up in glossy magazines. You can probably find a copy of one of the many series on DVD at your local library (either the UK version, or the more recent Australian series).

2. DO: Photograph some local architecture

If you’ve ever been travelling, I’m sure you’ve taken photos of iconic buildings. What about in your city, or your neighbourhood? Why not get out there and have a closer LOOK at the buildings around you. Do you have a favourite? Maybe there’s a heritage building that is really elegant, or something more contemporary with an interesting form. Here in Ballarat, we are spoilt for choice with heritage Architecture, so grab your camera and get out there…you might discover something you’ve never noticed before!

Rich Architectural Heritage in the City of Ballarat

Rich Architectural Heritage in the City of Ballarat

Heritage school-building here in Ballarat

Heritage school-building here in Ballarat

3. LISTEN: To “The Architects” on 3RRR Radio

“The Architects” is  broadcast every Tuesday night on Melbourne community radio station 3RRR. You can tune in at 102.7FM (if in Melbourne or surrounds) or you can stream online. There are also hundreds of previous shows that you can listen to online, or download the podcasts. Choose from an interview with an Architect, to a discussion about a hot topic, or a review of a building, plus much more.

4. THINK: About your favourite space

I don’t mean your favourite building, which is often more about the external appearance… I mean close your eyes and think about a space (perhaps indoor or outdoor) that makes you feel happy. It could be at work, or your bedroom, or a sunroom, a bar, or a garden… Why do you like this space? Is it light and airy? Does it have views? Can you see trees or sky? What colour is the space? What textures/materials are there? How does it make you FEEL being in this space? Calm, happy, relaxed, excited? You probably just intuitively know you feel comfortable in this space, without having ever analysed WHY.

Gorgeous space - warm, inviting, rich textures, subtle lighting, comfortable (Mitchell Harris Wine Bar)

Gorgeous space – warm, inviting, rich textures, subtle lighting, comfortable (Mitchell Harris Wine Bar)

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I love views to trees out a window!

5. SHOW GRATITUDE: Hug an Architect

We all need a bit of appreciation, so instead of “World Architecture Day”, let’s change it to “Hug an Architect” day! (I’m all for tree-hugging, but building-hugging doesn’t appeal quite as much…) Don’t know any architects to hug? Then give me a ‘virtual-hug’ by responding in the comments below and tell me what Architecture means to you! Aw, thanks – I can feel the love already!

…more ideas…

If you’re still looking for more ideas on how to immerse yourself in all things Architecture, why don’t you read some Architectural blogs (try Life of an Architect) or grab a local sustainable design magazine to flick through (my faves are Green and Sanctuary) or hunt down a documentary on famous architects (see The Architecture of Edmond and Corrigan on YouTube or this list of documentaries) or get out a pencil and a notepad and sketch a building, or look at the Australian Institute of Architect’s website, or check out some inspiring Architectural images on Pinterest or head along to an Architectural talk (try Process in Melbourne at Loop Bar TONIGHT at 6:30) or check out these inspiring TED talks on Architecture or sign-up to receive updates for Melbourne’s Open House for 2014 or take a Heritage Walking Tour through the city of Ballarat or get yourself a copy of the literary classic The Fountainhead to read (based loosely on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright) or watch an old movie that features a fictional architect or ….  that should keep up the Architecture Appreciation for a whole year!

Talina x

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  1. Susan Nethercote on October 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

    BIG HUG for you my favorite architect! Wow, I didn’t even know there was a world architect day. I’ll be appreciating the beautiful piece of architecture that is my home today. Thanks Talina x

    • talinaedwards on October 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Thanks for reading, thanks for taking time to appreciate your space, and thanks for the hug! x

  2. Jason on October 8, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Great post and some really good ways to get non-architecture people thinking and appreciating the spaces they live in!

    I totally agree with your comments about Grand Designs. I think those series provide good insight into the real stories behind how a home is built. So much more than the glossy magazine shots.

    Now if only there was a ‘World Landscape Architecture Day’!

    • talinaedwards on October 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by the blog Jason! Is there not a a “World Landscape Architecture Day”? Agree there should be one! Big HUG to Landscape-Architects this week then too!

  3. romysaizunde on October 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Hugs! Thanks for this non-architect-friendly post. A thoughtful space can change your mood, inspire creativity, welcome, nuture relaxation, adventure…it really has a huge influence on our experience. So hooray for architects! Especially those of the environmentally-friendly variety, so an extra hug for you :)

    • talinaedwards on October 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Aw, thanks for the hugs Romy! And thanks for reading and taking the time to comment…awesome to see that you can appreciate how different spaces affect us. x

  4. artistsattheendoftheworld on October 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks for these great ideas! I love taking photos of buildings and sky- two of my fave things. I am also slightly obsessed with spaces and how we inhabit and interact with them, and think that the way buildings look and feel have a huge impact on wellbeing. Will have to have a listen to The Architects : ) & HUGS of course!

    • talinaedwards on October 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks for the hugs Amy! Sounds like you already have a great awareness and appreciation of architecture! x

  5. Colleen FilippaColleen on October 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Great post Talina, lots of ideas for me. #5 I’m saving until I see you again.

    • talinaedwards on October 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks Colleen in advance for my REAL hug!

  6. pod on October 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    hi talina – i am interested to hear that it is world architecture day/week – thankyou, & of course a virtual hug to you. my ideal building would be built in the style of a hundertwasser house; or have some gaudi-esque features. lots of colour & intricate pattern essential. i hope to get series of drawings of ballarat buildings, “pod style”, together one of these days. i hope you are enjoying your prints x

    • talinaedwards on October 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks for the hug Pauline! I’m a big fan of Hundterwasser and Gaudi too! I would love to see your artistic interpretation of Ballarat buildings – have you seen the Australian Illustrator who is doing “All the buildings of New York”? (http://allthebuildingsinnewyork.com) I can imagine you do all the buildings of Ballarat in your style!

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