How do centuries of building influence the architecture of OsumPODS? What lessons will we take to heart to produce something better? Our past seemingly holds a tremendous influence on everything we do. Too often it seems we place a higher value on where we’ve been than where we are going, whether or not it makes sense or is applicable to our well being. Could it be that we see something more desirable looking back? Could it be that we equate the past with youth and the future with dying? Because we know we are destined to die, does that in turn influence our approach to life and our faith, and does that in turn stipulate what we strive to accomplish? If we lived forever, would we then take responsibility for the future?
What have we learned from thousands of years of architecture? Certainly engineers have been able to observe what lasts and what fails, although it appears that we must refute a good deal of what we know since we have no problem designing and engineering inferior structures. Why did the Pharaoh’s go to so much trouble to build something that would last? Why is it we aren’t compelled to outdo the Pharaoh’s, even though we have the technology and tools to do so? What will the world find in two thousand years from now that was an equal accomplishment to the pyramids? Will they sift through our garbage dumps to better understand us? Will they see through us and realize that our desire for instant-gratification was more important than any type of legacy?
Architecture doesn’t need to be grandiose. We don’t need to build 21st century pyramids to leave a legacy. That doesn’t imply that what we build shouldn’t be artistic, but when we design, we should not be so constrained by the end use of a structure. Although form should follow function, and we should be compelled to be in tune with nature, OsumPODS should have the advantage of great versatility. We should be compelled to make things last, knowing that structures can and should be designed to adapt.
Architects in general are people that would like to leave a legacy; thus we do have great buildings. Certainly the Eiffel Tower is a monument to grandiose ideas, and so are many skyscrapers. But when we see the collapse of structures such as the World Trade Center, we must question the sanity of producing such monstrosities. Why are we so compelled to make such a statement when we can analyze that it doesn’t make sense? Why do we continue on as if we need to prove something to the world by creating nonsensical icons? Why is this flaw so prevalent in so many things we do, and in so many cultures?