We believe that Generation Z need to be involved in architecture and design because in the future we will be the ones to have to face all the problems that exist today, which only grow worse and worse as they are not dealt with: our destructive relationship with nature which results in climate change, the increasing pressure we live under which puts strain on everyone’s mental health, and the desperate search for an individual identity in a world that only seems increasingly mass produced.
We should be able to have a say in how to help to fix these problems, and we should have the opportunity to develop the tools we need to do so. Architecture and design are one of these key tools; used in problem solving, as well as for living, healing, education and innovation and can serve many different purposes for different people, something which we discovered in a survey we sent out to other members of Generation Z. We found that when asked what architecture and design meant to them the responses were scattered relatively evenly between being functional, aesthetically pleasing, conveying a message and being innovative but our response showed clearly that regardless architecture and design was important to all those who responded.
Many schools are unable to put emphasis on design and architecture due to a lack of funding and focus on these areas meaning that many people do not get the opportunity to discover this path until much later in life. Due to this it is even more important that we provide a space and create a dialogue for creativity to flourish. This is exactly what DaeWha Kang Design is aiming to do with this blog and with their Instagram page, as well as hopefully more outreach in the future.
Though we do find ways to make our voices heard, through protesting, petitioning and more, in a world which is so widely divisive, we should be able to have conversations with those in other generations who have the capabilities to make decisions which are long-lasting and effective in order to fix the things which matter to us, Generation Z.
If this is something that you (like us) are passionate about; if you are looking for a place to explore and share these ideas, to learn new skills and to connect with likeminded people, keep reading this blog, and check out the Instagram page if you have time. https://www.instagram.com/daewhakangdesign/