How Buildings Got Bullied: Claiming the Rights of the Buildings

Arif Rahman Wahid, Isnesha, Yandi Andri Yatmo

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Images of buildings as architectural projects could be established through public perception and judgment. The ease of access to their online publications encourages public discourse on urban architecture and allows people to experience architecture without direct interaction. Eventually, the way the buildings are perceived, experienced, and judged might be shifted. Problems may arise when people only scroll through the pages without knowing exactly the real story behind the buildings. The buildings get bullied due to partial misinterpretation or misleading narratives. This paper intends to claim the buildings' rights to be accepted by people. Let people become the co-author of the building's narrative. We address the issues by observing the different ways bullying occurred on worldwide-known as well as local projects. The different forms of bullying may represent the manners in which buildings could be represented, through the use of texts, images, and symbols to identify different elements that could distort the perceived narratives of the buildings. In the end, we suggest that architects should not fear or become too defensive when facing such bullies. Bullying is another kind of acknowledgement; a form of celebrating every single element of the building that, despite mocked, still sticks in the people's memory.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventUIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress - KR, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 1 Jan 2017 → …


ConferenceUIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
Period1/01/17 → …


  • Bully
  • Representation
  • Narrative
  • Perception
  • Media


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