I'm still warming up to this subject! (I have warmed up! Here we go)
The theme this time, for the exhibition architect 2009 was ‘doing more with less’. National Conference a.k.a. ‘sessions’, which was held concurrently, pursued the theme.
The menu was familiar. As usual I managed to munch through the whole green, energy saving, carbon footprint, low cost construction methods etc. in one go, without a clue as to how one can architecturally do more with less. However there were two noteworthy exceptions this mundane meal.
One was the lecture by architect Madhura Premathilake in which he raised the very question “is architecture as a profession actually capable do more with less or actually what we really mean is doing a little bit less that what we used to do”. Then architect Ashley de Vos mentioned that most of the remedies and ‘new’ solutions we prescribe today are in fact essentially what we have been practising as architects about 10 –20 years ago. (Authors note: i.e. Simple colonnaded classrooms and rural hospital wards, government offices with large verandas, which are well suited for tropical climate and less costly to built)
Let me also add another question to this; is it really necessary to do more with less? How about doing less altogether.