How is a country called planned or unplanned?
One major question that arises being a responsible citizen is: do we live in a planned country? We do live in a developed country but there is no such assurance that the area is planned. It seems a petty thought but holds great power. Being around modern people and poised surroundings does not make the area planned. Neither the GDP rate nor the per capita income makes a country developed, until it has a good architecture and stable sales. You don’t know if your country is making good resources and money for its future plans, and this needs to get changed by some measures. Architecture plays a major role in the entire growth of the country. What if your country has a good architectural design and every lane is as per the design of the area? It will surely prove to be of some use. For example, India overall is not a planned country but it has some states and union territories like Chandigarh that are completely planned. It is tailored as per the pre-designed and approved design. Because of some successful growth in the area, it is proven that architecturally designed areas do well in their overall growth.
Architectural history of Texas Gulf
Earlier the state of Texas was designed with traditional architecture. A religious Spanish series of buildings established by Dominican Catholics were the first European buildings in Texas. The ancient structures of the buildings were constructed by the Native Americans, and seemed to be simple and plain; they did not attract much attention from the public. The materials used in the earlier structures of the Texas gulf were animal hide and adobe. The series of European buildings therefore tried to spread Christian doctrine in the Texas state. European livestock, fruits, vegetables and the entire industry were spread successfully in the state. There were even planned wars for the betterment of the state, of which the battle of the Alamo is the biggest example.
The state of Texas has distinct courthouses that are designed differently with unique architectural designs. Gradually, the people living there evolved themselves into modernity. In the 17th and 18th century the Spanish explorers tried to spread their own culture in the state, introducing Spanish traditions. During the 19th century, people from European groups, including German, Polish and Norwegian emerged in Texas, thus adding to the designs of the structure in architecture. Texas then evolved as a differently planned and designed state that was a blend of all these areas and cultures.
The Gulf Building and Niels Esperson building were and still are the two most prestigious buildings of Houston, Texas. Most of the architecture of Texas symbolizes the Spanish and Mexican roots of the residents of the state.
Modernity of tradition
Everything needs change and modifications. Be it a human body or its mind, everything on the planet needs transformation over time. The people living in Texas were a melting pot of Spanish, German and many other cultures. They together gave a rise to a different culture and tradition in Texas State. This needed to be changed over a time span, and especially with the changing mindsets of the people living there. Everyone needed to increase their income along with the quality of their lifestyle. People started changing themselves and their living areas into a modern version. There are still some places that were designed by the ancestors of the Texans, and in fact hold utmost importance in the state. Their design was such that it highlights the culture and tradition of the country.
Texas therefore boasts the tallest and widest skylines. It is positioned as the state with the third highest skylines in the country and amongst the top 10 in the world. The modernity of tradition in the state of Texas has proved to be a success. The architecture of the state is approved and has been applied to the practical working of the state. People gradually got used to the change and upgradation while the culture of the people and whole state remains the same. There are some historical museums and buildings that still hold as much importance as they did earlier. The extant culture has its own pros and cons, which has ultimately made its footing in the state among the people.
Why is advancement of a state important?
- Increase in per capita income: Though people like to visit their favorite place if it has a good aesthetic value and holds some impressive structural outlook, the architectural designs of a place make it valuable enough to visit or not. The tourism is increased by the value a place holds and its attractive aesthetics. For instance, Dubai is a home for many tourists, and one reason for this progress is its architectural designing. The gulf coast designing of a crab-shaped area is the biggest highlight of the area that allures many people.
- Attracts the extant groups: The youth of the country is more prone to visit such places that have good aesthetic looks. They tend to look for good backgrounds and the overall environment that looks cool and exciting in their pictures. An anciently designed area only pleases some people, but an advance designed structure pleases almost everyone, which makes it an important factor for the state to inculcate for better tourism and the ultimate growth of the place. Not just the youth but all groups of people visit places where they do not look for good locations and surroundings. Anything that is creative and unique catches the eye of people.
- Convenient for the residents: The people living in a planned and modern state are experiencing a true blessing for their lifestyle. The standard of living holds a big place in the heart of the people living there. If the standard of living declines because of the ancient and primitive designing of the state, they won’t stay there for long. Whereas, if a state is architecturally and economically well planned and designed, people love to stay there. Not just the structural architecture but the economic structure also plays a major role in the overall rankling of an area.
The ultimate conclusion defines that architecture is as important as its economic position. Not just the economic well-being of an area is necessary, but its aesthetics and outlook are also important.