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Social Architecture is an art or model/design of a society understanding its structure from the base. It starts by analyzing the basic foundation with which society or community is constructed or how they function. It has both aspects: theoretical and practical. Theory helps in understanding the design of any existing social structures and the way they evolved or evolving; whereas practical helps in developing a newer form of society or intervening existing social structures and change its direction.

Present architecture starts building only after envisioning the final structure by creating a blueprint. Designers are pretty much focused in getting the end result; the structure. The engineers make sure that they follow in the same way the design has been created: brick by brick, wood by wood and nail by nail. In order to bring forth the building according to the architecture, precision matters extremely.

However, in terms of social architecture, there are two things to be considered greatly: one is we do the same way as mentioned in above paragraph and another is by giving it flexibility during the process. The first one deals with having a clear idea on how a society should look like and develop plans and activities to make sure it follows the same route it’s designed. On the other hand, another one is not limited or tied to a goal (any specific model), providing enough freedom to change the course with the every learning or experience while implementing.

I, personally, prefer the second type. It’s because society is pretty dynamic and perpetually evolving in every moment with a minute change in any of its components. One can only wish for the ideal state of anything in the present moment. It’s because while we reach in the ideal state there would be craving for new ideal state. For example: an architect might decide to develop a unique structure today which is intended to be built in 5 years of time. Engineers, builders and masons might work tirelessly to finish it in specified time-frame. However, by the time it is built, it doesn’t remain the unique and best one. There will be emergence of newer design with new concept. This is what we call innovation, which happens every time. Hence, the charm of an envisioned structure gets lost by the time we achieve it, unless it’s extra-ordinary and is being designed and built by understanding precisely its need and demand in the future. This is most likely very rare to see.

However, in the same time, if we provide the flexibility to change the plan and continuously go on implanting newer and fresher ideas, we see the innovation happening in every moment. The building and structure becomes lively and organic. It would have prolonged and sustainable life span.

Society is alive and pretty much organic. It goes on transforming in every moment. To understand it clearly, it can be compared to a human body. If we change nothing but simply one component in our diet plan, it responds differently and starts reacting or evolving accordingly. By changing small component in society in similar fashion, brings forth new changes in the society.


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