This site is dedicated to the investigation of what is good for the global community, and specifically, how that relates to the buildings and environment around us.
The world is startlingly big, but shrinking in many ways. Yes, communication and the internet have “flattened” the world some, but there are even more tangible ways we can think of this. Today, the world economy has tied people together in innumerable ways. The way in which the global economies have been connected has increased the ability of trade for a growing population. This growing population, each deserving of a standard of living, must in this global economy compete for smaller pools of resources. As the competition for these resources increases, we have seen famine, drought, violence and a depletion in the natural ecosystems that keep our environment healthy. The health of that environment, has also been under attack as cities expand, pollution increases and resources are extracted. Unfortunately, many the benefits of this shrinking planet increasingly go to a relatively small group of affluent people, while the greater majority of those without means, must suffer the consequences.
Architecture and how we build have a great affect on the global community. Buildings themselves, are of such a benefit. They serve as the places many of us are born; where we get our education; where we work; where we live and the place we are cared for at the end of our lives. Unfortunately, the buildings that help us do so much also account for large amounts of resources, energy and pollution. Not to be forgot, but how and where we build can also have many effects on the communities in which they are placed and the ability of the buildings to function properly. We sometimes like to think of a building as a simple thing, but they are so much more than brick and mortar. Buildings directly impact us individually, but also our community and the world around us.
As we think about architecture and construction, we must consider the impact of those actions in our local community as well as the global community. As the founder of Partners in Health, Dr. Paul Farmer recently said at a lecture, “We must think locally, and globally”. It is not readily apparent how we can accomplish thinking simultaneously on two such disparate levels, but the purpose of this website is to search for the methods in which we can understand how to bring those thoughts together within the field of architecture.
About Joshua Palmer.