On Fathy and Boulding

Text Box: 3Fathy//Boulding – The social role of architecture

Here we can see a third approach to architecture and living. This approach is a social one where both Fathy and Boulding make notice of the social roles of the architect and even the world at large.

Social reform is something that both writers say needs to be done before any real improvements in the way we  live can be made. Additionally both writers realize that this is no easy task.

First we see Fathy looking at the role of the architect being wider than just the creation of a single final product that must meet the requirements of building codes and standards. He shows how the actions of the architect have a much wider effect on the ethos of a country.
Consequently he charges architects not only as builders but agents of social change. If this challenge is not accepted Fathy predicts a death in the overall cultural spirit of his home country.

Boulding looks at the social problems of the world in a much greater scope. He views the entire earth as a space ship. As a result the amount of social reform that would have to occur to realize this social model would be vastly different from what people are used to. However it is this reform that Boulding says is required if the Earth and humankind are to be able to continue their existence.

This journey as Boulding puts it is the same wide-angle lens that Fathy uses to view his world


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