Architecture is architecture, only architecture, design and construction. But its very broad and varied scope of interest allows the project designer to conduct (their) own research and apply (their) method to wider areas – the design of entire cities and landscapes, of buildings, of internal spaces, of objects of use and furnishing, of jewellery.
— It's this breadth and untethered but wide-ranging relationship to society and psychology that unites web design and architecture. There is a tremendous freedom of expression that has to be brought into balance with the social, psychological and cultural contexts of the groups using both digital and physical architecture.
"I have the impression that architects want to make cities and homes as writers describe them. And writers, painters, sculptors, philosophers … I think they all want to be architects!"
— on the relationship of writing and architecture, and the importance of the work of Thomas Bernhard specifically.
Francis Kéré’s work […] reminds us of the necessary struggle to change unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, as we strive to provide adequate buildings and infrastructure for billions in need.
He raises fundamental questions of the meaning of permanence and durability of construction in a context of constant technological changes and of use and re-use of structures.
At the same time, his development of contemporary humanism merges a deep respect for history, tradition, precision, written and unwritten rules.
Citation by the Pritzker Jury for Francis Kéré.
The same requirements need to be considered when building for the web. On the web, unsustainable patterns manifest themselves in the way attention is mined as a resource, technology is perceived as separate from emotional and social questions and the pace of technological changes is unconcerned with simplicity and learnability.
Building simply and effectively, with consideration and grace is possible. Recognizing and following the limited nature of everything is a strategic advantage.
Kéré teaches us the need for both utopian and pragmatic thinking when imagining desirable futures through design.
artisanal authorship ("this building is mine, because i made it")
intellectual ownership ("this building is mine, because i designed it")
I have always had difficulty in defining the boundary between plan and project. When I am commissioned to draw up a plan, the incomprehensions arise right at the time of drafting the contract.
— (Siza, 1998, p.79)
This is relatable when applied to web design. The choice of perspective and approach gives way to an arrangement that is to become the solution, which may be described as program or concept. It's challenging to prevent the study of a problem from becoming the foundation for a holistic, coherent solution – emerging organically from analysis. often, this process is artificially broken up by commercial procedures (negotiating a budget, defining scope) or ceremonies (narrative requirements of presentation).
Let me start by stating something obvious: in the last decade, technology has transformed from a tool that we use to a place where we live. If we’re setting out to change the character of technology in our lives, we’d be wise to learn from the character of places.