What Role Does Architecture Play in the Built Environment?

Posted by The Landsite on 24th February 2023 -


Beyond the immediate benefits of creating beautiful and functional spaces, good architecture also has long-term value.  

Buildings that are well designed and constructed can last for generations, creating a lasting legacy to be appreciated by future generations.  They can also have a positive economic impact by attracting businesses, a younger workforce, property investment and tourists to a growing community.

For many regeneration projects currently underway in many cities in the UK, architecture has the potential to create social value by fostering a sense of community and promoting social interaction.   Public spaces such as parks and community centers are essential components of a thriving community.  Creating a mindful design plan of these spaces can encourage people to gather, interact, and build relationships. 

In addition to its social and economic value, architecture has a significant part to play in the world’s green recovery.  In 2017 it was noted that building and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions in the world.  Following on, in 2019 the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) set out its 2030 Climate Challenge.  This set of targets highlights a call to action for chartered businesses to decrease operational energy demand by at least 75% and reduce embodied carbon by a minimum of 50-70% to meet the UK's net zero carbon ambition.

In conclusion, architecture plays a vital role in shaping the built environment.  It can enhance the functionality, sustainability, and aesthetic appeal of a space, create economic and social value, and contribute to a more sustainable future for the planet. It is important to recognise the critical role that architecture plays in our communities and to prioritise best design practices in all aspects of the built environment.

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