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Welcome to the life of a Designer Pt 2

REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED

Design is a powerful journey – embrace it and wear your passion. Step out of your comfort zone and stop trying to be perfect. Remember that dreams are never too big.

CONTINUE TO GROW

The world is ever-changing and always introducing the bigger and the better.  As a designer, you can never stop learning. Below are a few pointers on how to stay in the loop with trends, programmes, news, the business!

YouTube tutorials, as well as online courses, are useful for learning new programmes. Alternatively, you can read top design magazines such as VISI, HOW, Icon, Architectural Digest, Dezeen and the list goes on! Following social media is a no-brainer, especially in this day and age and being involved in the design world. Then it’s up to you whether you want to follow or lead!

SET GOALS

Firstly, as a designer, it is crucial to trust yourself and never doubt your capabilities. This applies to all fields of design. Have passion in your career and you will never refer to it as “work.” Secondly, you cannot achieve the desired outcome without setting a goal. It is important to know what you want.

DESIGN AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Part 1 strategised from specifically an architectural point of view. Fortunately, there are other sustainable alternatives such as the following:

  1. Reduce waste. Ask yourself whether your product will be durable and long-lasting, or will it be recyclable?
  2. Choose your materials wisely. Make use of renewable materials such as woods that can be restored by the planet quickly.
  3. Publish online. At this point in time, all eyes are online – you know, the place with all the memes? Print less and get connected!

ATTRIBUTES

As a designer, having a positive perception of yourself is the greatest asset. This helps with overcoming challenges, reaching your goals and avoiding doubt. Remember that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

 

Wildetecture blog by Tarryn Hardwicke

Welcome to the life of an Architect Pt 1

THE PEOPLE

The most important factor is the people that will be using the space that is designed. Each structure has a different purpose. Did you know that Will Wright, the creator of The Sims, originally made the game as an architectural simulator with living people to see how they would adjust to the buildings created? Following this, Maxis and EA Games discovered the idea and it took off.

COFFEE

Treasure it! Long nights and hard work. Every architect enjoys a good cup of coffee. It’s definitely perfect for every scenario such as long nights, meetings or site missions with clients!

PATIENCE

When working on a project it’s important to focus on the present rather than the future outcome, therefore the process will be more productive. Don’t expect things too early.

RULES

Push the boundaries and be spontaneous. We all learn with basic rules such as projects and exams but in the outside world, it’s important to negotiate and explore.

STYLE

When it comes to a personal style, stay open-minded. Remember that clients may request something different and you have to adapt. Notice the word adapt. Your style will always be in your work one way or another.

ENVIRONMENT

We are at a time where sustainable design can always be implemented in some way. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Recycled Materials
  • Eco-Friendly Lighting
  • Use of local materials/sources
  • On-site waste management
  • Building placement
  • Designing buildings with natural light and air-flow

 

Wildetecture blog by Tarryn Hardwicke

Colourful Cape Town

WHEN ARCHITECTURE SHOWS ITS COLOURS

 

Bokaap, a vibrant and iconic neighbourhood situated at the foot of Signal Hill has unique and creative, meaningful architecture that brightens up the city with its colour palette. Bokaap area is a firm favourite with tourists and architectural history lovers alike.

Where do all these beautiful bright colours come from and why?

Some people say it all began when the people of Bokaap claimed their homes from the council and expressed their freedom in their own way, and this was through architecture. Some say the use of colour is a celebration of Eid within the Muslim community. It is also known to have been to express the Rainbow Nation.

Between 1790 and 1840 the style of Bokaap emerged. Each house has a similar design, a “stoep”, a Dutch or Victorian Style window and Cape Dutch Style door. These homes are required to maintain their facade for heritage and to continue its history.

The beautiful cobbled roads give you a warm feeling as they guide you around the neighbourhood. On a sunny day in Cape Town, you’re in for a treat! Buildings bursting with colour, heritage, and culture, all brought together through architecture.

Cape Town is a gem and forever growing.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

Photos by Calvin Drysdale

Sustainability and art-chitecture

…and does it change the nature of architecture?

What is sustainable architecture and what is its purpose? Sustainable architecture aims to reduce the effect of buildings on the environment through moderating the use of materials, energy and overall use of space while also taking the future generation into consideration and creating a greener, more sustainable future for society while still creating a paragon!

Human health and the environment (present and future) drive architects towards sustainable design. Architecture differs now during the 21st century than it did in the past. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace which benefits architects enormously when it comes to sustainability.

The two topics under discussion today are, does building in a sustainable manner affect the true art in architecture? Here we look at wasteful buildings vs sustainable buildings and whether in today’s society, waste can be viewed as distasteful. Secondly, we look at the various ways an architect can go greener.

There are many debates over whether sustainable architecture shows its true colours when it comes down to an artistic perspective. Then again, as the world evolves, so does society, and as we evolve so do our views. Perspectives change the way in which we see and feel about certain things due to certain circumstances, such as pollution etc. Sustainable design, done effectively, has the ability to better the future, therefore this is something truly beautiful.

Sustainable design starts with the conscious decision for change.

Use of recycled materials

Reduce the use of volatile organic compounds – Non-toxic materials

Use local materials/sources

Bear in mind energy use and pollution

Integrate vegetation into structures

Make use of natural sources such as sun, wind and energy

Urban gardens

Building placement – structure it around peoples everyday lives

Waste management on site

Solar panels, wind turbines, solar water heating

Designing buildings that encourage natural light and/or air flow

In conclusion, each day designers are initiating fresh ideas and the future looks promising. The design world has boundless possibilities. This article is merely a conjecture.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke