Architecture students need to have a broad view of the world, society, and context. In recent times, a problem that has become acute among those who choose to study Architecture and Urbanism is to be monothematic. And when we talk about being a student of monothematic architecture, we do not mean that the student himself always thinks of the same theme for projects, for example. But using a famous popular expression: “dare not leave the box”.
Despite this, the problem is not solely with the student. Most of the teachers and even the curriculum of the educational institutions are directed towards students becoming more and more monothematic. An example: almost all courses and almost all classes ten, twenty, thirty years old have a project for an arts center project. Nothing against! But repetition is harmful. The lack of new references prevents the student from having a more complex view of what he or she will be working on.
The economy is weak and the architecture market is in crisis. Boldness, innovation and creativity can be an outlet for the imbroglio in which we live. We know it is not easy. Limitations are imposed on all sides. Even by the labor market itself. The field of action is determined by standards, shaped from the university, the professional profile they desire. With this, they provide the formation of mere robots. But the crates of these cages must and can be broken. And the students are able to take the first and decisive step in that direction.
What will be the percentage of Architecture students who see their career within their important social function? Maybe quite low! Since often, the student voluntarily or within the mold imposed by the market and by the colleges is only intended to spend his life trying to have a large office of international renown. Or with his designs stamping covers of magazines of national circulation, generally aimed at homes of high standard. Bland, but students and teachers need to have the notion that this condition, though not impossible, is hit by a minority of all graduating in the area. Whereas, the Brazilian society, mainly, demands and much by professionals of architecture.
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THE SOCIAL FUNCTION OF ARCHITECTS
The Chilean Alejandro Araveja was awarded the Pritzker in 2016, precisely for his work on social housing. We are in a developing country. And yet the concern with social housing is mediocre in educational institutions in Brazil. What about urban planning? Despite the title of Architects and Urbanists, urbanism always seems to be relegated to the background of students’ concerns. Our cities are chaotic, poorly planned and with serious socio-economic problems. Architecture professionals would make a major contribution to revolutionizing this scenario! However, apparently, we are increasingly distant, washing hands – asleep. The focus is to design homes for magazines and period.
The purpose of this reflection is to alert students to how immense the job market is, the areas of activity and the perspectives of an Architecture and Urbanism professional. And, mainly, to believe in innovation, in creative and original solutions for new projects thinking about sustainable development. In the rational use of resources and also in the solution of urban and social problems that pass directly through the hands of an architect. If, the “market” imposes rules. If the university tries to shape this market, it is up to the student to stop being monothematic. And on its own seek new horizons, learn through readings, travel, courses, related experiences to take a fresh look at the so fascinating, comprehensive and needy Architecture.