Architecture is the core of our day to day lives. It defines the spaces in which we perform the actions of our daily lives. Fundamentally, it responds to our basic need for shelter. Lately I think that most types of architecture are not responding to the way we live now or the global situations we are being presented with. Today we are faced with global warming, pollution, homelessness, and unsuitable housing. No man is an island and neither is his house. People have used their houses to separate themselves from the outside environment for too long. It is time to re-evaluate the relationship between the built and natural environments.

My professional goal is to develop new community and housing models which respond to the issues of poverty, sustainability and environmental concerns. Many housing models, such as Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation, respond to ideas about poverty and homelessness, but do little to influence the environment surrounding them. As stewards of this world it is our responsibility to heal and care for the world we live in. We must be responsible to other people and the natural world we live in. Through redesigning housing models so that they are built to last while being efficient in their uses of energy, water and pollution, we can not only provide well designed and affordable housing for people, but also effect a change on the individual level that will spark a change in the rest of the public domain.

As an architect it is my job challenge existing housing models, and work out how a house can be at once affordable and well designed, how it can respond to our ever growing need for more energy while taking into consideration our environmental responsibilities, and how a house can be designed for an individual while still recognizing and nurturing its relationship with the natural and surrounding site and environment.

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