‘An ecosystem is a biological environment consisting of all the organisms living in a particular area, as well as all the nonliving, physical components of the environment with which the organisms interact, such as air, soil, water, and sunlight. It is all the organisms in a given area, along with the nonliving (abiotic) factors with which they interact; a biological community and its physical environment. ‘ *

Shouldn’t the theory go then, that it’s human relationships within buildings and between buildings that bring them to life. Aren’t they are just a backdrop to a human ecosystem if you like?

Where do designers, planners and builders talk about our lives in buildings?

Where’s the interesting post completion stuff where we get to see exactly how useful new buildings really are?

Maybe I’m missing something here but I see an awful lot of web sites devoted to architectural eye candy, the sensational, the new and the latest.

Where exactly can I find information on ‘use’ in the architectural and building design press?

Type in the name of any decent sized town into Google. For example let’s say Skipton in North Yorkshire.

You will find here a mass of information on life, culture, social interaction, events and business. It all reveals use patterns. The way a town puts its buildings to work and what it needs at a particular time.

If the building industry isn’t talking ‘use’, the people who make up the communities where you and I live certainly are. As well as talking they are just getting on and using their environment as best they can.

It would be great to see a building design, planning, and construction related publication in whatever media, dedicated to the real life that takes place in our buildings. A journal of the human environment perhaps.

Maybe then we might be able to build much less, but put what we have to better use. Skipton’s ecosystem is looking pretty healthy. How about your town?

*Biology Concepts & Connections Sixth Edition”, Campbell, Neil A. (2009), page 2, 3 and G-9. Retrieved 2010-06-14 via Wikipedia.


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