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Passing the Test of Time

Architecture is more than the elements it is composed of; it is a living organism. A structure, like humans and other living organisms, modifies and grows over time. Sometimes these changes are positive and the age enhances the beauty of the structure, while other times the changes leave the structure as a degraded shell of what it once was. Because of various examples in the architectural world of both positive and negative changes in a structure; it makes me think more critically how these buildings became to be the way they are now. To become a successful architect it is not only important to look at the successes of the past but also the failures. I did so by researching various “changed� buildings and speculated on how they came to their current state.

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Orford Ness:
The building is in severe ill repair and appears to be not currently inhabitated. Why is this? This structure was build for a purpose. Someone took the time and supplied man power to construct it. If at one time it was considered important enough to construct why now is it in the degraded state it currently is? Is it because of its location? Is it was how it was constructed, maybe not built to last? These are all questions to keep in mind when designing a structure.

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Taj Mahal:
Years after its construction the Taj Mahal is just as beautiful as the day it was completed. Why has this structure, most likely older than the previous one, been able to surpass the test of time? Is it because of the love embedied in its walls? Or is it because of the attention it recieves?

When designing any structure or building we must first look to the past because it should directly effect how we design. For certain reasons, sometimes unknown, some structures are able to survive the test of time while others are not. It is our duty to discover the reason why this is and apply our learnings within our own architectural designs