Role of architecture and urban form in the Israel-Palestine Dispute


An analysis of the role of architecture and urban form in the Israel-Palestine Dispute as intimated in this new edition of Eyal Weizman’s book (cover picture below) is reviewed in a Greater Kashmir post.

The opinions expressed within reflecting the author’s views and position on the issue are shared by more and more greater numbers.  Let us see what’s it all about.

The above-featured image is for illustration and of Architectural Review showing Roads often highly fortified and for use by Israelis only, such as this section known as the Tunnel Road – or also the Apartheid Road – near the settlement of Gilo, under construction last year. Credit:Yonatan Sindel / FLASH90


Role of architecture and urban form in the Israel-Palestine Dispute

By Sheikh Muzamil Hussain, Guest Contributor

The relationship between political will and the built environment is conspicuous and stands out most in turmoil-laden geographies. Architecture, beyond its primary function, can be perpetuated as a tool for occupation and dominance. Hollow Land, a book by Eyal Weizman published in 2007, navigates through the later proposition. Weizman has been an outspoken critique of Israel’s policies its occupation of Palestine and has written widely on the geopolitics of the Middle East.

The author’s pedantic observation of Israel-Palestine dynamics puts into the narrative what is otherwise obvious but seldom talked about in the dominant power narratives. Describing architecture from a unique vantage point, the book draws unprecedented insights into the arena of built environment. The text strongly argues and establishes architecture as an instrument to control occupied territories, instill fear among Palestinians and facilitate illegal usurping of natural and physical resources.

The book specifically takes on architecture as an expression of occupation. It explains with precise detail the role of apartheid wall; a 100 km long and 13-meter-high edifice separating the Palestine and Israel, case of illegal settler colonies, constant invigilation of Palestinian lands through panopticon watch towers, in addition to architectural elements like color coding, detail of cladding and other features pertinent to domain of urban structure.

From demographic prism, the book discusses Israel’s intrusion into Palestinian cities and intentional changing of urban population thresholds to declare scarcely populated settlements as ‘towns.’ Wiezman sees geography, apartheid policies, and politics of domination buttressing each other. Each of the physical element on the ground, he argues is ‘there to express something, it’s just that we need to decode it.’
Architecture reverberates beyond its primary function. Weizman quotes from Lahav Harkov, a retired Israeli general about Israel’s becoming of ‘world champions of occupation’ and alluding that occupation is ‘an art form’. Over the years, Israel’s domination of territory in Palestine areas as demarcated by blue line drafted by the United Nations in 1948 has been constantly modulated and abused by Israel.

Palestine as of today is constituted of three areas: East Jerusalem, West Bank, and the south-west Gaza Strip bordering Egypt. First two were part of conflict from the start whereas the Gaza Strip came under the purview of domination lately in 1967 following the Six-day war. Israel not only successfully thwarted the conglomeration of Arab opponents but also won territory more than it originally had before the war.

The idea of Israel as land of Jews is based on idea of ‘people without land’ in first place. Not is that proposition unethical because it was realized at the cost of throwing out the local Palestinian inhabitants from their land, but also it is based on doubtful historical justification. Palestine as a geographical entity with local inhabitants precedes the advent of Judaism as socio-religious unit. Historical references of the region date back to 12th Century BC during the time of Egyptian King Ramesses II. Later figures like Herodotus, Aristotle, Ptolemy also wrote about Palestine. Nur Masalha’s book, Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History documents the topic is methodical detail.

Three-dimensional Apartheid

The art of apartheid, Israel orchestrates in controlling the Palestinian lands is played out at three levels: the subsoil, the surface, and the air. Palestinian territories reserve the compromised sovereignty only at the surface level whereas the subsoil and air are controlled by the Israeli government resulting in a vertical apartheid. Oslo Accords of 1993 argued for the case that Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem should be connected by road, usually by flyovers surpassing the Israel land below. Projects of such nature would directly connect the masses of Palestine and the flyovers itself would act as facilitators. Israel, however rebutted the idea citing security issues. It remains ironical given how the Israel has constructed thousands of kilometers of road network, both above surface and underground disregarding sovereignty of Palestine.

Dozen tunnels cut through hollow lands of what was once Palestinian farmlands. The roads cut across Palestinian territories and decrease the commute time of Israeli citizens. The constructions are usually aimed to proselytize into Palestinian lands and at the same time to connect mainland Israel with illegal settlements. Israel under the policy of ‘Metropolitan Jerusalem’, enshrined in policies of government mandates Israeli authorities to expand the capital territory far and beyond and in the process engulfing Palestinian lands into its jurisdiction fold.

Settlements are the most aggressive tool used by Israel to induce control to grass root level in West Bank and Gaza Strip, where they permeate almost every tract of land, and the way they are planned in midst of Palestinian towns makes the local Palestinians vulnerable in many ways and at the same time enabling Israel to control more effectively. Ariel Sharon in 1998 remarked what could be attested as the policy of Israel since then; ‘to move, run, and grab as many hilltops as we can.’ It usually starts with the placement of few mobile containers on hilltop until it is captured in its entirety.

Language and Form of Design

It’s surprising how a building material can convey the language of occupation. Throughout its glorious as well as confrontational history, Jerusalem houses architectural sites of importance to Judeo-Christian-Islamic traditions. Although the style may differ for each but there is a common denominator: the Jerusalem stone. The yellow tinted stone is available in abundance in and around the region.
When British colonized the Palestine in 1918, the aesthetically sensitive British builders saw the neglected plight of its cities. To them, the built form was mix of congested and haphazardly built houses lacking any sort of unifying appeal.

Determined to find a solution to the Jerusalem’s ‘overcrowding and unsightliness’, the British colonel Ronald Storrs invited influential British engineer, William Mclean to draw a development plan. He instructed to dismantle shackles and old torn out buildings. In the process, the British designers designated Jerusalem stone as mandatory cladding stone in order to achieve the ‘biblical outlook’. For Storrs, stone embodied biblical tradition and ‘Jerusalem literally a city build on rock’. Decades later the same archeological tradition and Jerusalem stone was invoked by the Zionist regime for propagandist purposes.

The 1968 Master plan of Jerusalem, keeping up with the earlier development plans singled out Jerusalem stone’s ability to render a ‘holy city image’ to occupied areas of extended metropolitan areas of Jerusalem. In course of time, certain planners and architects did stand up to challenge this notion due to the emergence of high rise and rising prices of stone but the Israeli government subdued all such voices. In last few decades, Israel’s builders have come up with affordable ways to just put 6-centimeter slates of stone instead of wholesome masonry but nonetheless the stone on the exterior remains the standard.

Topography has also had a huge influence on the occupation. Israel usually places its settlement colonies on the apex of hills. It helps the IDF to patrol the surrounding areas with three sixty degrees vigil. This principle is vividly explicated by the settlements. Apart from stone cladding, the law mandates the settlement buildings to have red colored roofs to help differentiate in case of air raids.
Israel has induced a sort of gentrification effect in Arab neighborhoods which eventually increases the property rates causing Palestinians to retreat to areas beyond ‘metropolitan Jerusalem’ which by law is a condition for Palestinians to acquire citizenship.

Once out of Jerusalem, these people are vulnerable to various kinds of human rights violations.
There are also efforts to constrict physical expansion of Palestinian urban areas. For example, the neighborhoods of Ramat Eshkol and the French Hill north of the old city were laid out to form an elongated arc that cut the Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat from the Palestinian old city and the neighborhood of Seikh Jarah, which previously comprised a continuous urban area.

Appropriating the Archeology

Archeology possesses the power to dismantle whatever is seen as ‘non-original’. The Maghariba quarters and African quarters were razed overnight by Israel just after the 1967 war ended. David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel claimed in his memoirs that the Jewish right over Palestine is based on digging soil with our own hands. What he said referred to two practices that would establish and demonstrate Zionist right to the land.

Wherever the Zionists found traces of Hebraic past, they first reverted the names of places followed by demolition of whatever stood on it. Thousands of houses belonging to Palestinians were razed on the same principle. A year later after the 1967 war, Israeli government invited elite planners and architects from across the world for the cause. In one such project to revive the Hebrew past, Architect Louis I. Kahn was commissioned to construct Hurva synagogue on the same design it had existed before going into ruins. Somehow the project couldn’t find the light of the day, but several other projects returned to liveliness.

Resources and Amenities

Land presently under Israel lacks the natural reserves to sufficiently supply water to its residents. The mountain aquifer’s that supply 80% of the water into Israel are in West Bank. Israel cites Hebraic past disputing any authority of Palestine over the resources. Ironically the water, as well as the stone, is extracted from Palestinian lands and for compensation the Palestinians are returned with sewerage that Israel flows downslope to valleys around the West Bank hills. This has resulted in a health crisis for Palestinian people.
Over these years the number of settlers sit at a staggering number of around 7,50,000. The official policy asserts the ratio of Jews to Muslims kept at 78:22 but the actual numbers have always remained more than 22 percent for the Muslim population because of reasons like birthrate and dense neighborhoods.

The Palestinian neighborhoods like Muslim Quarters house at least twice the people of its capacity. The reason for over densification of the Muslim neighborhoods can be reasonably attributed to Israel’s vindictive razing policy which specifically target Muslim houses.
Unemployment is rampant and healthcare infrastructure in the state of no-existence. Palestinians have not only been snatched of their rights but they have also been made dependent at every conjecture.

Palestinians are queued like herds to enter premises which belong to them. In Palestine, violence is perpetuated with the help of architecture. The crime began on drawing board itself and as Weizman remarks, ‘It is architecture only that can rise above this.’

The author is an Urban and Regional Planner and alumnus of CEPT Ahmedabad.





Can Technology Support Vernacular Architecture?


The Digital Divide: Can Technology Support Vernacular Architecture?

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The architecture and construction industry has undergone a transformation with the integration of various digital tools, now indispensable to the design process. The welcoming of technologies has effectively streamlined operations, enhanced efficiency, and elevated design quality. This digital shift, however, has resulted in a digital divide that goes beyond accessibility to tools and software. It also encompasses the crucial aspect of integrating traditional and indigenous communities into the urban development landscape. Can advancing technology support the growth of vernacular architecture? Can indigenous building practices find a place in the vision for a digitalized future?

An industry traditionally slow to adopt technology has been revolutionized primarily with the introduction of computer-aided design (CAD) software. Digital tools have enabled architects to create more precise, efficient, and sophisticated structures, opening doors to new avenues in construction.  While large construction companies leverage advanced technologies like drones, 3D printing, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices to enhance project management and efficiency, there is a glaring digital divide. This divide leaves indigenous construction practices and vernacular techniques lagging behind in the march toward a digital future.

Bangladesh DESI. Image © Anna Heringer

Tools such as RevitAutoCAD, and Rhino have greatly facilitated digital architectural design and visualization. These tools, however, are tailored for the construction of modern buildings using industrialized materials, rendering them less conducive to the unique material compositions crucial for indigenous construction, like clay, grass, rice husk, and earth. Numerous communities worldwide rely on self-sufficiency in building and expanding their structures, making them vulnerable to the digital gap. Changing building regulations and the lack of access to digital tools force them to depend on external consultants for their design and construction needs. The challenge lies in the complex endeavor of harmonizing traditional vernacular construction with modern technology.

Locally sourced, eco-friendly materials are fundamental to vernacular architecture, but they often fall outside the purview of Building Information Modeling (BIM) due to its standardized material database. Vernacular construction relies on unconventional, region-specific materials not readily available in BIM libraries, requiring custom entries and specialized knowledge for inclusion. The informal, non-standardized nature of vernacular construction knowledge further challenges BIM, which thrives on data-driven precision. To support vernacular architecture, tools need to evolve to become more inclusive, providing user-friendly options for material integration. Consequently, construction projects in rural regions may find digital tools ill-suited to their needs, potentially estranging vernacular expertise in an increasingly digital world.

The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali. Image © Ruud Zwart

Putucos: pre-Columbian houses made with a mixture of earth and grass. Image © Nicolás Valencia

Analyzing structures constructed through indigenous and vernacular techniques using digital structural analysis tools presents challenges. These methods frequently involve non-traditional materials and construction techniques that do not easily align with standardized digital modeling and analysis software. The intricate, context-specific nature of many indigenous structures resists simple digital representation, complicating the creation of precise models. The absence of formal architectural plans and reliance on local knowledge, often not comprehensively documented, further obstructs the effective application of digital structural analysis.

Vernacular constructions offer significant environmental benefits, including energy efficiency, passive heating and cooling, and the use of local materials. Traditional practices reduce carbon emissions, enhance indoor air quality, and utilize efficient thermal mass properties. Conventional rating systems like LEED may not accurately gauge the eco-friendly aspects of vernacular architecture, as it is designed for industrialized construction methods. Integrating vernacular structures into these frameworks demands adaptation and innovation in digital analysis.

An Inuit village, Oopungnewing. Image via Arctic Researches and Life Among the Esquimaux: Being the Narrative of an Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin in the Years 1860, 1861, and 1862 by Charles Francis Hall (1865)

A careful blend of tradition and modernity can have a significant impact in terms of sustainability. Vernacular construction harnesses available resources to not only create structures rooted in their context but also minimize the ecological impact of the construction. To bridge the digital divide, preserving traditional craftsmanship while integrating digital technology is essential. Initiatives like 3D-printed adobe structures and passive strategy analysis have emerged, emphasizing digital construction while safeguarding cultural identities. Bridging this gap necessitates a participatory approach and local expertise. Architects should engage with communities, integrating their wisdom into digital processes to enrich design and preserve vernacular knowledge.

Local construction in the Philippines . Image © SJ

The digitization of indigenous construction methods is essential to foster inclusivity in a shared vision of the future, preventing the alienation of local communities from the evolving built landscape. Democratizing technology ensures that everyone plays a part in shaping this future, resulting in regionally tailored design and construction. Acknowledging the architectural industry’s impact and avoiding exacerbating the digital divide is crucial. Digital tools should empower people to design according to their needs rather than conforming to tool limitations. For Indigenous nations, technology can offer a path to exercise sovereignty and celebrate their unique cultural identities.

This article is part of the ArchDaily Topics: Decarbonize Architecture presented by Holcim.


Driven by its purpose to build progress for people and the planet, Holcim is decarbonizing building, while improving living standards for all. Holcim empowers architects and developers across all regions to build sustainably. This series explores how cities of the future can be low-carbon, circular and resilient.


Dazzling Dubai with his designs


A certain Patrick Soriano appears to be Dazzling Dubai with his designs.  He is a Filipino architect who has climbed up the Gulf ladder of success to become one of the few deciders of that Gulf country’s built environment shaping . . .   Let us see how.


The above-featured image is of Patrick Soriano at the 2023 UAP Dubai Design Awards. PHOTO FROM PATRICK SORIANO’S LINKEDIN PAGE



Dazzling Dubai with his designs

By in Manilla Times of 3 October 2023.

The road to Dubai for architect Patrick Soriano, recently named the Global Filipino Architect of the Year in the 2023 UAP Dubai Design Awards, began with a piece of paper and pencil and a fascination for superheroes.


Digital rendition of the Basaksehir Hospital. IMAGE FROM PATRICK SORIANO


As a 9-year-old, he remembers attempting to draw his favorite superhero in an action pose and being very pleased with the outcome. From then on, Soriano fell in love with drawing. As a high school student, he developed an interest in architecture and devoted his spare time to exploring and looking at buildings around the neighborhood. He started teaching himself to draw every building in sight.

When it was time for college, he knew exactly what he wanted to do and that was to become an architect.

“As I grew older, I realized that the built environment has a profound influence on our lives, and I wanted to be a part of shaping spaces that not only captivate the eye but also enrich the human experience,” Soriano shared. “Landscape architecture offers a unique blend of artistry, environmental stewardship, and community enhancement that resonates deeply with me.”

Soriano earned his Architecture degree from the Far Eastern University.

Immediately after graduation, he landed a job in Doha, Qatar. He moved to Dubai, UAE, in 2008 and spent six years with the firm WoodBagot. In 2014, he went on board at Perkins+Will, where he met his mentor, Steven Velegrinis, who, at the time, was the head of the firm.


“He taught me to value the environment,” Soriano said of Velegrinis, “and how the public spaces are for everyone to enjoy and experience.”

Velegrinis, who is now Design director for Gensler Middle East’s Cities and Urban Design practice, in his endorsement of Soriano for the UAP award, wrote: “Amongst the design professions, curiosity is one of the most valuable qualities for a designer to have. Patrick Soriano — or Super P as I call him — is an exceptional example of the creative power of curiosity. Patrick’s sense of curiosity expresses itself as a sense of adventure in his design projects, driven by the absolute certainty that there is a better, more buildable way to deliver complex design projects from the scale of a single building to that of an entire city. ”

In 2018, Soriano became Associate Landscape Architect at Aecom where he had the opportunity to work on many big-ticket projects. Aecom is an international infrastructure consulting firm involved in transportation, buildings, water, energy and the environment.

Iconic structures

In March of this year, Soriano joined Emaar, the real estate conglomerate behind the iconic Burj Kalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain, assuming the role of Landscape Design Lead and overseeing all its landscape projects.

“I collaborate closely with the development manager to ensure timely project delivery and a positive customer experience. Additionally, I work in close coordination with the site team to ensure that projects meet high standards and align with the intended design.”

At 41, Soriano’s portfolio is impressive, with many high-profile projects that are changing the landscape of Dubai.

Dubai is indeed an exciting place to be in for any architect. One of the wealthiest cities in the world, it is regarded as a major crossroads and entrepot of the Middle East, a melting pot of cultures with a large expatriate community that includes Filipinos.

“The city boasts an impressive skyline featuring some of the world’s most iconic structures,” Soriano said. “Architectural practice in Dubai is dynamic and diverse, with a focus on innovative designs that combine aesthetic appeal with functionality. The city is a hub for architectural experimentation, pushing the boundaries of engineering and design.”

Soriano added that Dubai’s rapid urbanization and ambitious construction projects attract architects and design professionals from around the world.

“The city offers a unique canvas for architects to showcase their creativity and contribute to transformative projects. Additionally, the tax-free status, cosmopolitan lifestyle, and opportunities for professional growth make Dubai an appealing destination for architects seeking to advance their careers.”

Digital rendition of The La Ville Hotel. IMAGE FROM PATRICK SORIANO

According to Soriano, the UAP-Dubai is an important presence in the city. The community fosters a supportive environment, where architects can network, collaborate and share experiences, Soriano said. “Filipino architects play a role in shaping Dubai’s urban fabric and contributing to its architectural diversity.”

Soriano considers himself extremely fortunate for having the opportunity to work with a team of exceptional professionals in the Middle East. He said, “We share the same vision and passion for creating spaces that enhance the human experiences, celebrate culture, and contribute to sustainable development. As architects, we have a responsibility to shape our built environment with sensitivity, innovation, and a deep understanding of the communities we serve.”



Sustainable architecture in face of climate change


The above-featured image is for illustration and is IDEALWORK on similar concern.

Sustainable architecture in face of climate change

By ANSUMAN PATI in the Pioneer.

As the globe struggles to overcome the obstacles presented by a rapidly changing environment, the complex interaction between art, architecture, and climate change has become more important. By designing buildings that blend in with the environment, reflect sustainable practices, and endure the effects of climate change, architects, as stewards of the built environment, play a crucial role in determining the future of our world.


Design inspired by nature


In a time of environmental awareness, architects are looking to nature more often for inspiration. The design principle of “biomimicry,” which imitates natural patterns and processes, is essential for developing sustainable buildings. Architects can create creative solutions that cut down on energy use, improve thermal performance, and minimise resource waste by studying the effectiveness of natural systems. Natural-inspired structures not only have a less carbon footprint but also mix in perfectly with their surroundings, making them real-world illustrations of sustainable art.


Construction methods, sustainable materials


The environmental impact of a structure is significantly influenced by the materials and construction techniques used. To reduce embodied carbon and advance a circular economy, architects are adopting sustainable materials like reclaimed wood, recycled metal, and low-emission concrete. Additionally, prefabrication and modular construction methods reduce waste from building projects, energy use, and harm to nearby ecosystems. Sustainable architecture elevates the building process to the level of an art form by demonstrating how ecological responsibility and human inventiveness may coexist together.


Passive design, net-zero energy


The movement towards net-zero energy buildings, or buildings that produce as much energy as they need, is being led by architects. Buildings that generate clean energy while preserving their visual appeal are being made by architects by utilising renewable energy sources including solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal systems. The use of artificial cooling and heating is reduced by passive design techniques including orienting buildings to maximise natural sunlight and ventilation, creating places that are both energy-efficient and comfortable. The architect’s dedication to sustainability and creativity is demonstrated by the way in which technology and design have been combined.


Adaptivity, resilience


Architects must create structures that are durable and flexible as climate change leads to increasingly frequent and intense weather occurrences. The architect’s commitment to protecting human life and preserving architectural history is exemplified by the use of flood-resistant foundations, hurricane-resistant windows, and earthquake-resistant buildings. By lowering the need for new building materials, adaptive reuse, or repurposing old structures, he helps the environment. Through their innovative designs, architects are reinventing how structures react to shifting environmental conditions.


Urban planning, green spaces


Urban planning and public spaces are also included in the convergence of art, architecture, and sustainability, in addition to specific buildings. The integration of parks, green roofs, and urban forests into the urban fabric is something that architects are strong proponents of. These green areas reduce urban heat islands, offer crucial ecological services, and enhance air quality. Urban planning that emphasises bicycle infrastructure, walkability, and effective public transportation lowers carbon emissions and promotes thriving, liveable communities. The architect’s position as a visionary artist sculpting the urban landscape is reflected in this comprehensive approach to sustainable design.


Cultural preservation


In addition to protecting the environment, architects also have a duty to preserve cultural heritage and promote social justice. Historic building preservation and the incorporation of regional architectural cues into contemporary architecture celebrate cultural identity and promote a sense of neighbourhood. In addition, architects work to design inclusive and accessible settings that improve everyone’s wellbeing, regardless of their age or level of ability. Architects express their dedication to sustainability, which includes both the physical and human components of design, by placing a priority on cultural preservation and social effect.


A sustainable future that seamlessly integrates art and architecture into the structure of our environment is something that architects can create in the face of climate change by using a special combination of creativity, innovation, and responsibility. The skilful blending of nature-inspired design, sustainable materials, net-zero energy solutions, resilience, and social effect demonstrates the architect’s crucial role in establishing a society in which beauty and sustainability coexist. Architects represent the transforming force of design via their imaginative works, pointing humanity in the direction of a time when art and architecture will stand as enduring symbols of our dedication to the environment and its inhabitants.

(The writer is an architect who shows insight into things that helps in producing sustainable architectural eco-friendly buildings)




Why Architectural Design is Most important in construction?


Why Architectural Design is Most important in the construction industry? Wondered rightly Diane Jones in West Seattle Blog.  Here is her answer.

The image above is just for representation and is credit to Gazette.One


Why Architectural Design is Most important in construction industry?

By dianejones, Participant

Architectural design is crucial in the construction industry for several reasons:

Functionality: Architectural design ensures that the building or structure is designed to serve its intended purpose effectively. It takes into account the needs and requirements of the users, incorporating various functional aspects such as spatial planning, circulation, and accessibility. A well-designed building enhances productivity, efficiency, and overall user experience.

Aesthetics: Architectural design adds visual appeal and beauty to a structure. It considers elements such as proportion, scale, balance, materials, colors, and textures to create a harmonious and visually pleasing environment. Aesthetically pleasing buildings not only enhance the quality of life for occupants but also contribute to the overall urban or rural landscape.

Safety and Structural Integrity: Architectural design plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and structural integrity of a building. It takes into account factors such as load-bearing capacity, structural systems, resistance to natural forces (e.g., earthquakes, wind), fire safety, and adherence to building codes and regulations. Proper architectural design minimizes the risks associated with structural failures, accidents, and disasters.

Sustainability: With growing concerns about environmental impact and resource conservation, architectural design plays a vital role in promoting sustainability in the construction industry. Designers consider strategies for energy efficiency, water conservation, use of eco-friendly materials, waste reduction, and integration of renewable energy systems. Sustainable architectural design minimizes the ecological footprint of a building and contributes to a greener future.

Economic Considerations: Architectural design influences the economic aspects of a construction project. Effective design can optimize the use of space, reduce construction costs, and improve operational efficiency. It takes into account factors such as lifecycle costs, maintenance requirements, and adaptability to future needs. Well-designed buildings have the potential to increase property value and attract occupants, contributing to long-term economic viability.

Cultural and Social Context: Architectural design is influenced by the cultural and social context in which it is situated. It takes into account local traditions, cultural values, and community needs. Architecture can reflect and reinforce cultural identity, provide spaces for social interaction, and contribute to the overall well-being of communities.

In summary, architectural design is essential in the construction industry because it ensures functionality, aesthetics, safety, sustainability, economic viability, and cultural relevance in the built environment. It integrates various considerations to create well-designed and meaningful spaces that positively impact individuals, communities, and the environment.