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Architectural Change

I was watching How Buildings Learn, a BBC documentary based on Steward Brand’s book of the same name, when they talked about the relationship between the architect and the user:

”The user comes along and totally reverses all the ideas that were there… Buildings change and change and change. Because all the people who use them have their own ideas. And that’s good but we have to know that. We have to have a much greater understanding of that organic change that takes place in all buildings.”

Architecture, like screenwriting, is witness to change after the original creator’s work is complete. But understanding this helps us grow.