Once your building design is fully functional, you may begin to wonder if it has a “lifespan”. That is, will your building one day become outdated? Will it cease to help its occupants the way it once did when it was first built? Or will it no longer be perceived as beautiful in the eyes of those that experience it?
You may ask — What will determine your building’s lifespan? Well, there are a multitude of things that can age a building — these include: the way building materials weather, the way a building’s surrounding context may change, the changing needs of its occupant population over the years, or architectural technology that becomes obsolete or is no longer state-of-the-art. All of these, or just one of these, may contribute to making your building no longer relevant one day.
Additionally, your design solution may become outdated, as someone else comes up with a better way to solve for a problem or need later on down the line. Yes, this becomes part of architectural evolution — the development and innovation of new architectural ideas, tools, and methods that help architecture to progress.
But you may say to yourself — [Read more…]