WORLD ARCHITECTURE DAY
On the first Monday in October, World Architecture Day shows appreciation for the work that architects do. The day also encourages learning more about architecture throughout the world. Architecture involves the planning, designing, and constructing process of buildings and other physical structures. Consider for a moment, some of the most famous structures in the world:
- Empire State Building
- Taj Mahal
- Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Eiffel Tower
- St. Basil’s Cathedral
- CN Tower
- Big Ben
- Great Pyramid of Giza
- Central St Giles (pictured above)
These structures did not just come to be. Someone had to carefully plan and design each of them. They also had to oversee the building process. Many of these structures were built hundreds of years ago. This means that the architects who designed and built them did so without any modern tools, machinery, or technology that architects use today. These structures have also weathered storms, disasters, wars, and other events that could have destroyed them. In addition to making a structure look nice, architects must ensure that it is safe for those who go inside.
As you can see, architects have a very important job. But architecture isn’t just about designing famous structures. Homes, hospitals, restaurants, schools, and any other kind of building all begin as an idea. These buildings are then designed and planned by an architect. To be successful at this, architects must have a variety of skills. These include skills in math, science, design, problem-solving, team-building, and communication.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldArchitectureDay
Many architecture firms hold events that educate the public about the importance of their field. It’s also a day for architects, planners, and developers to showcase their work. On this day people visit impressive works of architecture in their community,
- Learn about different styles of architecture, such as Gothic, Victorian, Neoclassical, and Neofuturist.
- Read about famous architects, like Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, and Leonardo da Vinci.
- Pay close attention to the design of the buildings you enter.
- Encourage a young person who loves to design and build things to consider a career as an architect.
Share a photo of your favorite manmade structure on social media with #WorldArchitectureDay.
WORLD ARCHITECTURE DAY HISTORY
The International Union of Architects (UIA) designed World Architecture Day in 1985. The first Monday in October was chosen as it coincides with World Habitat Day. This was a way for the UIA to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of human habitats.
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