Architecture as a great teacher

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” quips a Zen Proverb. Who then is a student? And who is worthy to teach this student?

A student is any one who seeks knowledge. While a teacher is one who has the knowledge that the student seeks.

It has been common practice to look to fellow human beings to acquire knowledge. But I tell you, the sources of knowledge available to the human race is not limited to people but it is endless.

Graphic designer and place-making specialist Richard Wolfströme (with a goal to connect people with places, give them a sense of ownership, reveal the wealthy potentials of places, and make places legible and informative) has re-defined Architecture as one of such teachers. This is achieved by:

  • Integrating “a sense of place, culture and engagement through nomenclature, narrative artworks and, of course, wayfinding” into every design he embarks on.

    Courtesy_Richard Wolfströme

    Courtesy_Richard Wolfströme

  • Following through a process of “in-depth research and due diligence that engages with as many voices as possible, to give a sense of ownership.

    Courtesy_Kenny Laurenson

    Courtesy_Kenny Laurenson

  • Incorporating ‘ordinary’ stories of community into designs.

    Courtesy_Jim Stephenson

    Courtesy_Jim Stephenson

  • Prioritizing factors like design, materials, and font as essential agents of achieving his goal.

    Courtesy_Chuck Choi

    Courtesy_Chuck Choi

“Places should inspire and promote a sense of community. Place identity is about creating a lasting sense of connection for the people that use it, Arch2O-Wayfinding and place making-Richard Wolfströmeso that, ultimately, they don’t feel out of place” says Richard Wolfströme.

Simply put, architecture should reflect knowledge. Architecture should be the great Teacher.

Courtesy_Jim Stephenson

Courtesy_Jim Stephenson

by: D’ZYNA ENI

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