Archinect - Cedar Sketch book 2017-09-25T13:18:12-04:00 Back to the Basics (Putting Architectural Theory in Actual Practice) Kelvin Bwamu 2013-08-13T03:26:50-04:00 >2013-08-19T23:36:30-04:00 <p> The built environment has the capacity to shape a people&rsquo;s thinking, interactions and even culture. This is the kind of power that exists in an Architect&rsquo;s hand. It is the power to create something from nothing and in the process solve societal problems. In light of this, I think the work that an Architect does must be seriously informed by not only set rules and guidelines (like council by-laws), but by centuries of documented research and experience in form of Architectural theory. Many people in history have written on theory of design and the design process including an Architect known as Salingaros.</p> <p> Salingaros describes architecture (or at least architecture that he terms &ldquo;adaptive&rdquo;) as a characteristic phenomenon of Emergence. Wikipedia describes emergence as the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. Big words. My interpretation of this is that design is informed by small components interacting to form bigger ones a...</p> Introduction Kelvin Bwamu 2013-04-22T04:14:19-04:00 >2013-07-17T22:48:38-04:00 <p> Hi all, this is totally new to me. May be I'll start by introducing my self. My name is Kelvin Bwamu. I'm an Architect and Designer in Nairobi, Kenya. I have for a long time wanted to do this but have always thought it's not for me. That is until in my practice I discovered a need. The need to demystify Architecture. Many of the people I've interacted with looking for architectural services don't really understand the role of the Architect.</p> <p> Most believe that the Architect's work is to come up with a set of drawings for construction purposes. Others believe the Architect is the builder. Others, and this pains me the most, think that the Architect is an overpaid consultant with the simple work of JUST drawing lines.&nbsp;</p> <p> Any time I get a client, I try to educate them on the role of the Architect (and other consultants). Why do you need an Architect and what are you paying for?</p> <p> So today I want to begin with the Architect's work in design. Simply put, the Architect is a thinker.&nbsp;In ...</p>