AN ARCHITECTURE OF TURBULENCE > Speed dating: your allowance is 60 seconds to grab someone’s attention. To deserve a second chance, what would your effective, but ethical, move be!   A single family house may often have been considered as a very small pixel within any urban context, but the fact is, on average more than fifty percent of the urban fabric is being shaped by these tiny small pixels. Thus, this is how a client, a developer, a builder, an architect, or a designer could or should be responsible and willingly participate in a collective effort to shape a better urban context.   In the North American context of housing, the repetition of an economic formula has become the norm for many reasons: the most important of which is that the public is really not given an opportunity to explore and experience. Architecturally, Toronto as a multicultural domain, is not as diverse as it deserves to be and its residential areas are characterized by a homogenous flatness. The vision of our population towards architecture is drawn to either mass production / subdivision built houses by developers, or monstrous residences with no root belief of a unique lifestyle.   Not only the general public, but also the architects who comply with this monotony, are accountable for this. There is an ethical responsibility here; however, many architects have become service providers rather than contributors to a public discourse. Market oriented developers who make decisions solely centred around the financial gain, have put architects in an invidious position. When it comes to single family houses, their contributions are almost invisible. Rarely do houses contribute much to the urban fabric, nor they raise much curiosity in their viewers’ mind about the state of housing, urbanism, accommodation or culture. Regardless of personal taste, every project should be capable of pulling a trigger in the mind that deserves a response.   Architecture is a social art form and even a private residence is capable of communicating ideas, values, and the like with the public. Obtaining the audience interest is the first step. If a building is made invisible through its predictability, the public will not be moved to interact or communicate. If they can’t communicate, they are absent, and if they are absent they will not be able to discuss anything, including architecture, cities or ethics.   Every project should be obliged to verify its contribution to design rather than to solely provide service. Design belongs to everyone. Every commissioned project needs to be cost effective and affordable, and it must respect the client’s program in a manner that satisfies not only their personal needs, but also the surroundings of the house. Most importantly, the design of the project must raise design awareness.   Extracted_rzlbd. An Architecture of Turbulence, On Site, Vol.30, fall (2013): 82-83

rzlbd is a boutique architectural practice based in toronto founded by architect Reza Aliabadi (OAA, MRAIC, ICEO); whose work extends to designing buildings & objects, curating instalations & expositions, and publishing a zine called rzlbdPOST. the practice is not just an ordinary operation that serves, rather like a positive virus, it contributes, communicates, challenges, and adapts itself to the need of project and its context.


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