Responding to Place
Can something sustain if it is not responding to the environment that it is located within?
In both nature and cities, energy, flow, and transformation occur constantly and uncontrollably. Architecture can learn from the designs and of Andy Goldsworthy.
The structures and artwork designed by Andy Goldsworthy are meant to relate to the environment in which they are placed. Through the use of materials only found in that place he creates things that are responsive to their environment. Even though his work is extremely responsive to the environment, Goldsworthy understands that his work will be changed or destroyed over time.
On a different level, if a structure is built without knowledge or consideration of its surroundings and users, they will have the final say in what happens to the structure. Architecture must understand and respond to its environment in order for the two to coexist.
No matter how conscious one is when creating things in any environment, especially nature, they are always foreign. Anything placed within an environment alters it in some way, positive or negative. In comparison, anything already in that environment may alter the new creation consciously or unconsciously. This flow of events and inhabitants never stops and will continue to alter things regardless. We must view architecture as an addition to or ‘gift’ to the environment it is within.