The beauty of cities largely depends on the contribution of architects. The designs in Victoria and elsewhere in the world are products of the architects. Definitely, not all architectural designs in the cities we visit appeal to us. When the architects were designing the same, a number of factors presided over the choices that they would make. The architectural designs in Victoria are unique and they tend to attract various questions. This paper therefore seeks to address some of the factors that greatly influenced some of the designs in Victoria. For example what factors influenced the architects to develop such designs. What specific purpose do the designs serve? Do the designs appeal to the residents among other questions?
The view held Jonathan Meades that are architects are responsible for destroying urban aesthetic is valid to some extent. Over time, the designs in architecture seen has evolved and changed with the different generations. The Frank Gehry’s buildings are examples of architects’ contribution in defining urban aesthetic. The view held by individuals or patrons that funded the designing of such projects might not be the same with my views. However, an issue is that the aesthetics of the designs lies on the view of the residents. The society has a voice in controlling or determining urban aesthetic if it so wish. The purpose and beauty seems to be the defining factors influencing various architectural designs. Also, the good architectural design exhibited by a given generation is another important factor that defines the extent to which architects would interfere with the modern designs.
Definitely, the architecture in Victoria does not only illustrate the cultural aspects of the residents of Victoria, but also their values. The pride exhibited by the architects is a factor that contributes in defining the architectural designs in various cities. In my view, Gehry’s buildings set a basis of architectural designs that are better than the previous ones. Arguing from this perspective, architects could destroy the aesthetic of urban architecture. Meades contend that the power to control the physical environment does not lie in the hands of the architects, but in the hands of society. The Irish Times is distinct because of structural elements, which make them dissimilar. The applied ornaments make the buildings to attract the viewers.
Architectural designs can influence what Gehry terms as good neighbor. The design of a building for instance will influence its accessibility as well as its appeal to the people. At the end of the day, it will determine the number of people that will pay a visit to it. This phenomenon is evident in architectural designs intended to influence or attract a given group of people. I believe architectural designs can influence good neighborhood through creation of designs that would appeal to the neighborhood. Additionally, the designs show the greatest sense of style and value. Definitely, Gehry’s buildings are unique and display the ability of the architect to manipulate his environment.
In a strict sense, Rome or the ancient city does not look unpleasant. The modern day designs are majorly driven by increased competition among the architects. The end result is that architects continuously improve their designs which are influenced by societal demands. In this regard, unique architectural designs can be seen from far. For example, the presence of the modern architecture in a street filled with the Gothic designs will always attract the attention of the residents because of the uniqueness. I prefer a blend of styles because it exposes varied human aspects. For instance, the Victorian architecture seems to illustrate the values of the people in the ancient Victoria.
Similar, the architecture of the present day Rome seems to illustrate the cultural inclination of the people. To this extent, architectural designs depend on the cultural inclination of the designer. However, to some extent, it is influenced by the cultural inclination of the people rather than that of the architect. Nevertheless, in the present day society blended style breaks the monotony of a single architectural style.
In my view, Victoria tends to have blended styles. The Beehive Yarns is one of the examples of blended styles in Victoria. Evidently, the architectural design of this building does not only illustrate a change of style, but also the ability of the architect to produce a design that would appeal to the society. I do believe when buildings are done in a consistent style the aesthetic appeal of that environment decreases. Largely, I like seeing a different touch in changing the obvious thing. The consistent style will make the city to look uniform and it might raise the question on the ability of the architects to change the taste or preferences of the residents. In conclusion, architectural designs play an instrumental role in influencing the beauty of cities. The blended style encourages the integration of various style associated with varied cultures into our cities. The outcome of such an arrangement is an outstanding beauty that is pleasant.