Through architectural design, Hina poses the question, “how can buildings create opportunities to establish new relationships?”.
Our societies can be divided into two fractions: collectivist or individualistic. These refer to the practices of how people prioritise their relations and lives. We have become accustomed to our individualists’ lifestyles that have cocooned us into a bubble of self-interest and self-gain, which can only extend to relatives and friends. Individualism is often engrained into the societal code of developed countries. However, as the world went through the pandemic, our lives were forcefully distanced and yet we have never been so united together.
We have continued to live our lives separately, yet so similarly – relating to each other and associating with each other through the growth of virtual means. Hina Syed created a space that allows people to reconnect with the outside world and public spaces and encourage people to come back together and become better.
To build these social interaction spaces, they must be positive and inviting, where people feel comfortable, open, and free with one another. A place that can represent people and bring society back together to uplift and inspire each other, is fundamental to the collectivist principle. Having an intentional space for collectivism could greatly decrease the rate of anti-social behaviour and increase helping behaviours.
Public spaces can clearly influence public perceptions and behaviour. Following everything we have been through during this past year, we have also seen various acts of endurance, kindness, and sacrifice for others and creating a space where we can thank and reflect on ourselves, and others would be beneficial to our society.