HUMAN SCALE ARCHITECTURE
Emeritus Professor Julian Cooke, University of Cape Town
This course will discuss human-scale architecture which aims to create a sense of identity, a coherent place and a harmonious everyday environment. A major role of architecture, as good examples of human-scale architecture show, is to contribute to building a human-scale city respectful of nature and a home for all its citizens: coherent, ordered and constructed of public spaces with easy access to a range of living opportunities. Over the last century architecture has favoured novelty over tradition, the universal over the local, abstract over material and buildings as objects. These preferences have produced cities composed of monotonous sameness and meaningless difference. In modernism detail was almost entirely eroded from architecture – today many still consider its absence stylish. Yet it is as much through the details of a building’s design as through its overall form that deep meanings are conveyed, and one architecture is distinguished from another.
1. Architectural intentions
2. Building a city of the good life
3. Architecture’s silent meaning
4. Textural architecture and magical boxes
5. The architecture is in the detail