What is architecture?

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Architecture has always been a physical and spatial expression of society. Just as the great monuments of antiquity reflected the idiosyncrasy and cosmology of its time, the current architectural projects are a reflection of ours. This derives from the human need to endure its own existence, transmitting to the future a piece of our society at a given time. It is not in vain that society and its values ​​change, in fact they do it so quickly that most of us were born in an era where the way of relating and seeing the world was totally different from today. Technological advances and cultural globalization have changed the world before a generational change took place. This fact puts us all in a continuous need for adaptation to change, which on the other hand prevents the establishment of dogmas, making a society tolerant and open to new concepts. The world has changed more in the last twenty years than in the previous two hundred and that is why almost all people today have been born in another era. A situation that only fifty years ago only affected the elderly.
How to capture our time in space, today everything is new, historical transitions are getting faster and you can no longer understand how to project as universal styles. That was the problem of the Modern movement, its universality destroyed it. The particularity of architecture as an expression of the society that build it is the key. If we want to be authentic, we cannot totally abstract from society and project mathematically. Societies as a whole are sentimental, not rational, so the true value of architecture is authenticity. And this is nothing more than the ability of objects to convey feelings, it is a quality of the art world. Today's society is thirsty for authenticity, almost all the articles that surround us come from a standard, from a mother standard and millions of copies are made. Postmodern cities have neighborhoods that are indistinguishable and perfectly interchangeable. Even the food we buy is intended to enter into unique production standards. And although this rationally implies the lowering of most goods compared to their pre-industrial counterparts, with the consequent increase in quality and life expectancy, on the other hand it has generated that many people do not have a connection with their cultural roots such as That our ancestors had. There are no longer dogmas of faith nor ferrous static barriers. There has never been so much social mobility nor has so much been encouraged to personal development itself and the search for happiness itself. In short, the exceptional development in terms of personal freedom that exists today has been done at the cost of the security that it provided to have a life traced to broad features and traditions in which to look at the doubt of how to act.
Authenticity calms that sense of orphanhood that has caused the uprooting of the new nascent society. When we see a work of art or a monument we feel part of a whole, of a physically represented collective. It is a totem of modernity, a secular spirituality.

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