Many minds and hands are involved in the creation of great architecture: the planner’s vision, the architect’s sketch, the engineer’s calculations and the builder’s skill all contribute to the look and feel of the eventual outcome.
From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Sydney Opera House, the world’s most recognizable landmarks display the character of the people who created them, but can individuality in architecture stand up to increasing pressure from developers to deliver universally popular designs?
CNN Style guest editor and internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind warns that his profession is currently battling against commoditization and a “design by committee” approach that devalues the architect’s role.
hroughout his career, Libeskind has sought to create buildings that engage people’s emotions, and he feels this is best achieved when the architect’s own vision and feelings are expressed through the design.
“Individual expression is what makes people different from other animals,” he says. “It’s what defines us as a species and yet, increasingly, individuality is a dirty word in architecture.”
For German architect, Jürgen Mayer H., modern architecture is a layered and complex process in which the architect’s individual vision is inevitably tempered by the demands of the brief. But individuality is still possible.
Mayer H. has applied his technically innovative approach to projects ranging from urban master plans to artistic installations, including an undulating timber structure covering a plaza in the Spanish city of Seville. […]