SA architects could learn a lot from Latin America

Published at: 20 October 2016

As a fascinating article on website Archdaily points out, the rate at which architects are graduating is far surpassing the amount of available jobs in the market and so, as other emerging economies like those in rural Latin America are suggesting, the next generation of architects might need to look elsewhere, to places often overlooked in the last generation's view of architectural work.

The townships and rural settlements, as groups like social development architectural collective Xhara are currently practicing, are places desperate for architectural upliftment. But, they say, it's going to take a change in mindset from the work of "independent architects" into a less ego-driven, more collective approach toward architecture, to really usher in the opportunities available to this next generation.

In Latin America this is an architecture that goes beyond “giving refuge” and "only fulfilling a set series of functions. It responds first to human beings and understands that this can't completely develop if we isolate ourselves from one another. It is provocative architecture, but just and adequate to its circumstance and its requirements. It moves us because it is human, open, healthy, and restorative." Author José Tomás Franco says in the article.

He insists that architecture "materializes a hope that we can grow, change, become better, and transform ourselves; that opens our minds to our own potential. An architecture that starts a movement, an action, a friction, that creates opportunities and multiplies them. An architecture that, again, is necessary not just in the most at-risk areas of society, but also in neighborhoods with more resources where architecture normally separates us."

It's a really inspiring read, so see the full article here.

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