Our world is constantly increasing at such a fast pace, everything is expected at the touch of a button. People expect more and more reading material, photographs, fashion, movies, TV programmes, youtube videos, podcasts, music, and they expect them almost immediately after they’ve savoured the last piece. It has occurred to me that Architecture has got to be the most patient of all the creative disciplines. Everything else, photography, fashion, art, music, interior design, graphic design, product design, can all be produced in a relatively short amount of time. You get the end product and proof of your work so quickly. From a matter of seconds to maybe a year or two, at most?
It can be slightly frustrating designing as an architect, anybody else agree? It takes such a long time for our creations to come to life (if at all!!) and in that amount of time designing under another creative discipline could have produced masses of work. Architects are always telling me they would have done something differently, or they’ll do it differently next time. It requires a lot of patience to stick to a design, when the creative side of your brain is constantly churning out new ideas.
Perhaps this explains why most architects have a passion for something outwith architecture. We all need to express ourselves, and need an additional outlet for our creativity?
We’ve been taught a lot at Art School these past few years about ‘slow architecture.’ I mean to me the statement at first seemed silly. Of course architecture is slow; it can take years to see your end product! But I think their point is a backlash against, pre-fabricated, mass produced buildings that do not exude any architectural qualities but rather provide shelter in the most basic, quick and cost-effective way.
No matter how mass-produced and technology-driven architecture can get, I think the slow design process should continue to be retained and savoured, however frustrating. I mean all the best architecture was built over a long period of time. Some architects weren’t even around to see their works completed.
I think learning and practising architecture has actually helped to slow me down as a person, making me more patient. I appreciate things more. I always wished my life away when I was younger, but since studying and practising architecture I think it has taught me to carefully calculate decisions, plan ahead and appreciate life and its influences.
I can still get frustrated at my own designs and how slowly they form, but I feel like I will learn to appreciate the slow process over time.
Here’s to anyone working in the Patient Creative Discipline! Stick in.