‘’Even the most ‘restricted access’, the ‘private property - keep out’, the indulgent personal mansion still contributes to the built world and therefore leaks into our conscious and unconscious understanding... architecture.’’
Prof. Donald Bates
We cannot escape the presence of architecture in our everyday lives. We have no choice but to experience its logic, and be shaped by its definitions. But for such a dominant element of our environment, the conversation around architecture’s histories and futures seem distant to the reality of its effects.
At OSK Architects, we operate within two spheres of architectural production; research and practice. Architects that find themselves at this intersection no doubt, like us, find it difficult to reconcile architecture’s canonical language and discourse with moments of anxiety around marketability, and attracting clients.
If success in the contemporary context is built on specialisation, perhaps we should ditch the academic and push how ‘green’ our buildings can be? Maybe it would be better to retreat into the institution and point out the failings of the discipline from a distance?
For now, we are going to keep some notes. To write a journal in an attempt to investigate the gap between thinking and doing. To offer a kind of ‘user’s guide’ for architecture. We plan to provide some thoughts and insights into how the real effects of architecture may be measurable, and how certain approaches to this dominant element of our environment may produce positive, healthy and happy states of mind in those using them.
We may struggle at times to get to our point, but we hope you find some of the content useful when considering architecture and its implications, and if so, maybe even join in the conversation.