In most places, architecture represents power. The bigger your building, the deeper your pockets and the more influence you have over others. Places like these can be found all over the world as human greed is universal. In these places, your social status depends on how many houses you have, in which neighbourhoods they’re located and how big they are. Take Florence for example. During the Renaissance this city was host to some very rich families and their neverending efforts to demonstrate their superiority to others. Let’s not forget that such competition lead to the creation of some of the most beautiful masterpieces of the human race but in Florence everything was, is and will be always about power.
however, as unbelievable as it may sound, in some other places, architecture is an expression of joy and is about unity and respecting the past, the present and the future. In such places, your house is not supposed to feed your ego but is supposed to make you feel like you’re a part of something bigger which in my opinion is far more valuable. In these comunities, it’s absolutely normal to leave your front door open, or to have your kitchen facing the street or to leave your cloths outside to dry.
In september, my wife and I went to visit this little place called Alberobello, famous for its “Trulli” which are traditional buildings with conical roofs and very thick walls (which keep the inside warm in the winter and cool during the summer). I’ve always been facinated by these structure. To me they seem like a part of nature and they have a very logical and geometrical look to them. Walking down the streets of Alberobello, i noticed that each structure has its own unique characteristics but at the same time is an integral part of a bigger picture and plays an important role in the formation of the village. This, in my opinion is how cities are supposed to be planned with emphasis on both individuality and comunity.
Below, you can see some pictures I took in Alberobello. Hope you enjoy them and as always, feedback is much appreciated.