Architecture and society

A person’s environment plays a solid role. Architecture, which is the foundation and support of modern urbanized life, is becoming increasingly important. Its influence becomes noticeable against the psychological background of a person and the social consciousness of society as a whole. Penetrating into this level of social structure, buildings and monuments bring much more than just functionality.

In many cities, modernism prevails in architecture – rethinking not only the purpose of culture, but also its forms, role in the social plane.

Some people are convinced that “modern” architecture is a dangerous phenomenon in terms of its impact on the psyche. On the other hand, there are opponents of the idea that a concrete habitat can affect consciousness negatively.

According to my way of thinking, the environment can cause certain psychological imprints. In Japan and Korea, architecture is the Bauhaus and does not bring joy with its lacking intricate design. Numerous studies show that box-like buildings cause unhappiness and depression.

Moreover, skyscrapers were here for a very short time, but the culture among the population did not develop with them. There is a gap in the cultural path of the population of Korea and its “architectural face”, which naturally causes dissonance in a person and, as a result, dissatisfaction and frustration.

Abstract architectural texture background, white by Ake is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0

In general, faceless buildings and the alien novelty of a permanent environment – here it is necessary to exclude the presence of a person in it for a short time – lead to negative behavioral consequences.

Meanwhile, some people argue that environmental dynamics cannot have a destructive effect on humans. People in countries where there is a uniform architecture are still satisfied with their lives and do not feel destructive influence.

I cannot agree with the above point of view, as these people do not take into account the fact that they may not feel the influence of architecture, but still experience it unconsciously; the influence of architecture here will be noticeable, regardless of its nature. If the environment lacks any value and importance for the population, it is not necessary to talk about architectural design as a science or art at all, which makes this situation irrelevant for the current discussion.

In conclusion, there are opponents and supporters of the idea of whether an unbalanced, inharmonized space is detrimental to the human mind. As far as can be judged from the available theory and empirical experience, the environment can negatively affect a person: for example, reduce his socio-economic activity and cause psychological disorders.

Taking everything into account, I would recommend erecting buildings with an awareness of human nature, which should be understood as the cultural code, and the introduction of more natural aspects to architecture.

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