An introduction to Fashitecture

Love Architecture festival is designed to show what architecture is, does, and also the effect it has on our everyday lives. Through educational, interactive and fun activities such as constructing iconic buildings out of Lego (!)..sorry I’m getting all excited and digressing. The festival emphasises the importance of this long standing profession and shows just how important it is to each and everyone of us.

As a classics grad, I know that long after the people have gone it’s the items that are left in which we define the civilisations that came before. The built environment is possibly the most lasting and real impression we have. We judge them on the buildings they designed, the city landscapes they produced- it’s no coincidence that the most talked about societies are those with the most impressive architectural array. Think of the Egyptians and what pops into your head…yep the pyramids. What about the Victorians, or the Georgians, or the Ancient Greeks and Romans?

Current government policies and initiatives are not encouraging real investment in the built environment, or insisting that the contribution and quality of today is as meaningful as the past.  This would be a great shame to our heritage, for years to come, and for our future legacy.  If you want to see the architects of the future, go and have a look at the graduation shows at the schools of architecture – most of them are on show just now.

As Love Architecture week is all about reaching out to people, I have decided to use this opportunity to bring architecture and fashion together. Being the daughter of an architect and an urbanist I was born with a love for good design. I have often thought there was a strong connection between fashion and architecture and wondered how these ‘masters of design’ design themselves through the clothes they wear. These next few Fashitecture posts will answer such questions and more.

I am starting at the opening event in York this friday…now what do I wear?!

(For events in your area click on the Love architecture icon on the right of the home page)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Emma England (regional director for the RIBA Yorkshire) for her help and support with this.


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