There has been lot of attention being paid to the details of architecture of common buildings ever since. Buildings are designed in such a way so as to depict the values of the city in which they reside. Buildings like churches, schools, and airports tend to reflect the attitudes of the society that builds them.
Over the last few decades, the cities have been designed in such a way so as to give a distinct look in terms of the streets, lanes, and buildings. The architecture of common buildings is an important contributor. For example, one would not find the church in Rome same as that in Paris. The difference in architecture can be in the depiction of the entrance, the aisles, or the entire structure of building itself.
Even within a nation or a society, today’s buildings are different from those of the past. The look and feel is totally different. The change has come as a consequence of changing lifestyle of people. For example, in the olden India, a school used to be a simple building with rooms and windows, the compound enclosing some trees. Today’s schools have a different look. The building is more pompous with glamorous look. It shows the change in people’s thinking. Earlier, education had a traditional look, now it is considered to be a sign of modernity.
The above example would hold true for the other nations also. Today, the airports, courthouses and the libraries all over the world have undergone a drastic transformation in their structure and design. This follows the rapid technological strides made in the world. People are becoming more and more modern in their outlook and thinking. They want the surroundings to reflect the same. Hence the transformation is being passed into the public buildings bringing out the difference in perceptions of people. Even today a comparison between America’s oldest church and World Trade Center would bring out the differences in the way the buildings are conceived and designed. This is due to the difference in the society’s imagination itself, today as compared to the past.
A society’s values and attitudes are thus revealed in the architecture of public buildings.