Daniel from Alberici Contractors presented the CEE Construction Seminar with a few profound things to think about.  First, he referred to the construction industry as a whole as either “process” buildings or “shade/shelter” buildings.  As an architecture student, I rarely think of buildings in these terms, but this was an enlightening way to classify the entire industry.  When we consider it in this light, it becomes evident that “architecture” comprises a small portion of the actual physical buildings being built around the world.  Furthermore, we can also begin to reconsider how the function neglects or simply does not require aesthetics.  Process is clearly associated with the production of a physical commodity, and the physical appearance of the building becomes less important.  Often, it is these ancillary spaces of production that could use a more thoughtful touch to the accommodation of workers.

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