Many young architects dream of becoming the next Frank Lloyd Wright, creating iconic designs that inspire their contemporaries and future generations. But sometimes, the designs with the greatest impact aren’t the most distinctive or attention-grabbing; instead, they’re the ones that improve the lives of the people who experience them. This concept of designing to help the world, rather than become the next starchitect, is the subject of the latest Art in Architecture webinar, "Purpose-Driven Design: The Impact of Social Responsibility on Architecture," which is now available on-demand on our website.
Issues like population growth, climate change, economic disparity, and resource management all affect the role that design plays in the built environment. Hosted by Architect Steve Alden, AIA, and Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA, senior product specialist—BIM solutions at Vectorworks, Inc., the webinar explores how forward-thinking architects are creating structures that address the public's needs while still producing high-quality designs. “The advent of purpose-driven design is the result of architects not only wanting but needing to address a wider range of problems, rather than simply fulfilling a client’s needs,” Siddiqui says. “Architects have a greater responsibility to larger, global problems like the displacement of large populations and homelessness.” Throughout their discussion, Alden and Siddiqui highlight firms that are already contributing meaningful solutions, solving the problems of today, and ensuring the long-term stability of the environment into the future.
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