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!
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.
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!
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!
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