OSM DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES
Huat Lim 12th September 2008 Singapore NUS.
EVOLVED TYPOLOGY : BLUEPRINT AND PRIMER FOR A SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURAL WORK
We start by asking the question: What is typology, and why has this anything to do with Sustainability? Why Type?
I commence by saying that architecture is largely about people. I learnt this from Norman Foster, the one thing I remember him saying to me when I was working on the Stansted Airport project, amongst many others.
We look back to an early village scene, and we reflect on our countryside and the villages. We see here the blueprint for a new evolved typology. One which takes us back to an awareness of of environment one that begs the question of how much we really need to put into our ecological and typological models before we stop and ask, is this what we want, is this enough or have we gone too far with development.
Building typology has always been of interest and as a study for architecture, because it begs the question of whether works of architecture need for classification and grouping to serve its their purpose or if types are necessary in order to validate their functions. So we ask, what is type? Are private houses a building type and do typifying shapes and built forms add any value to buildings? Indeed none whatsoever. By conforming it to any one type of building does not make the work any different or better in any way, let alone give it any more meaning or validation to its functions.
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