Authors: Krystyna Januszkiewicz, Sylwia Gudaczewska, Piotr Orłowski
Architecture is a powerful field that has an impact on human life. Advanced urbanization brings a lot of advantages to society, but also far-reaching side consequences. Big, noisy and polluted metropolises with a high concentration of people, contribute to the deepening of a depressive state of civilization. The first parts of the paper define the existing problems influencing depression, which are: lack of nature and sunlight, noise and pollution in big cities. It then goes on to attempt to solve the problem through architectural design, which involves the latest technology. Buildings located in an unfriendly urban environment could be designed as a living structure that collects inputs - negative and positive ones - from the environment and processes them. Positive inputs such as sunlight and rainwater are collected and reused, and negative inputs such as noise and pollution are neutralized or processed into positives, creating a friendly urban habitat. This study highlights a social problem, such as depression, resulting from rapid industrialization and urbanization, and serves as a useful background for further research on the possibilities of redefining sustainable and human friendly design.
Keywords: architecture; depression; high-rise; vertical city; skyscraper; sunlights; nature; noise; pollution; negative; positive; processing;