“Architecture”- a sophisticated word used to describe the designs we see around us all the time. Looking through the kaleidoscope of ancient history we know that humans lived in simple houses yet, the element of architecture was present at all times. However, it used to be simple. As simple as our ancestors’ lives were, homes still had a meaning; a connection that kept the families glued together as well as the nature intact. Architecture today is complicated. Though comfortable and loaded with high-tech devices, it lacks the component of spirituality. It lacks what made it sustainable in the past. Tech-driven giant houses with ravishing decors are indeed pleasing to human aesthetics but also producing more carbon footprint and pollution in general. Moreover, the attempts made out of greed to take over more land areas are nothing but human scavenging on plant’s and animal’s habitat which is consequently harming the ecosystem.
Physics suggests that everything is energy. The thoughts we think, the food we eat and even the places we live in- all contain energy. Sustainable architecture should be focusing on the element of spirituality for it is the chi, the life force energy that should go hand-in-hand with the design. The ancient Chinese Feng Shui practice advises on how to set up the things in a house for better energy flow. “The fundamentals of Feng Shui bring the ideals of function, flow, and harmony into the visions of architectural ideation” (“Feng Shui & Architecture:,” 2014).
The future of architecture should be based more on the very fabric of positive energy exchange rather than focusing solely on technology advancement. According to Li (2011), “Sustainable design based on holistic approach can bring greater connectivity between people’s well-being, environmental considerations, technological possibilities and nature itself which is fundamental to a sustainable future” (p. 174). Think of communities with more plant life and less gadgets, where humans, plants and animals coexist peacefully and in complete harmony. The exchange of energy in such a place would be of vital importance as nature demands the balance and unfortunately, humans are busy demolishing that. Surly, sustainable architecture is a pressing need of our time.
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