Explore through image and text how the built environment affects (supports or
detracts) who you are. Speculate in terms of frameworks, clockworks, phenomena and
The built environment both supports and detracts from my life and effects who I am on a daily basis. It detracts from my life in various ways. The built environment that I have lived in for the last year that I call my house is old which causes many problems for my roommates and I and has effected who we are and how we act towards each other. Some of my roommates like to go to bed early and are relatively quiet. Others in my house are loud and like to stay up late watching TV and listening to music. I happen to fall into the second category and since our house is old and the walls are thin lets just say sound travels easily throughout the entire place.
This has caused the people in our house who like to go to bed early and be quiet to hate the group of people who like to stay up late and be loud. This affects my life and who I am because the poor design and construction of my house has caused people to dislike me. This effects me and who I am because the people you are friends with and interact with make you who you are. If my house would have designed and built better I may have become better friends with the other people in my house and I may have a completely different group of friends that I interact with. That being said if my house was built better I may be a completely different person than I am right now. My house houses poor construction has caused the quiet people below me and my friends to dislike us for one single quality that we happen to have. Just because we enjoy listening to loud music and stay up late doesn’t mean that we can’t be friends with them. The built environment that I live in has prevented me from getting to know a group of people who could possibly change my life and who I am.
The built environment also effects who I am because of the house that I grew up in was a huge part of my life and I have a lot of great memories in that house. Unlike the house that I live in now I feel that the house that I grew up in was well designed and supported who I am. The house I grew up in had an awesome computer room/study that helped me get the good grades I did in high school, which enabled me to become a student here at the University of Minnesota and hopefully one day become an architect. Without that built environment I may be a completely different person today. I could be working at McDonalds full time right now instead of typing this blog right now. I could be living in a van down by the river eating a steady diet of government cheese.
That one room could have been the most important room in my life. A majority of the knowledge I have right now is a direct result of that room. I enjoyed being in that room which caused me to enjoy the studying and knowledge that I gained in that room. I don’t really know why I liked that room so much. It may have been the fact that it had a really comfortable leather desk chair that I loved to sit in. It might have been the unique smell of all of the books. I don’t know what it was but I just enjoyed everything about that room which in turn caused me to spend a lot of time in it. It is crazy to think that if one thing would have been different about that room I may be a completely different person. If it had a really crappy chair instead of a nice one I may have hated studying and went in a completely different direction with my life. It also effects my life know because I have tried to replicate the layout and feel of my parents computer room in my room here at school. I stole the comfy leather chair and put it at my desk, in fact I am sitting in it right now.
Even though I tried to replicate this room it still isn’t even close to the feel of my old study room. I still enjoy going home and sitting in that room and just looking up random stuff on wikipedia to expand my knowledge of the world. Until now I didn’t realize that the built environment could have so much effect on my life.