U9. Architecture as Service

Architecture has diverse ways to be employed and as a service is one of the most important ones. Socializing through architecture can be posible as spaces for meeting created by the architecture itself give the chance to people to stay and interact. Also, cooperative housing has arrived to stay and it’s a great alternative not just in terms of economy but on socializing too. We saw the most servicial part of the architecture on those examples.

Cooperative housing by Mark Fairhurst

Another variant of the architecture is the one approaching more to the inclusive part. Everybody should have the chance of enjoying architecture and architecture should give them also that chance by adapting some constructive elements to facilitate those people.

Children feel like in home
Cognitive resource (colours)
Accessibility improvements

As well, we need to highlight this architecture that performs as an aid to orphaned kids, sick people, elderly people or homeless… We refer to them as the way they are designed to make the inhabitants have more commodities, the architect then needs to put himself on the inhabitant’s brain to think on what they would need or what they would find comfortable.

Orphanage working as a city too
Elderly centre by Arash Keshavarzi

Another way the architecture works as a service is when making people participate on the building construction or on the building design.

Colaborative participation when building by people

Emergency architecture also has its appearance here. The capacity of reaction that is needed in emergency moments to build up critical infrastructures. As happened in China two years ago with the pandemic as the main hazard for people and the hospitals overcrowded.

Wuhan hospital built in 10 days

Finally, we got the utopian architecture which is of course unavailable, at least at the current situation.

Megatropolis project (city in the sky)