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A %$treat Centre for

A %$treat Centre for 'Wfiok 5kalth Appendix Architectural Responsibilities Many responsibilities that guide the behavior of the architect are practicerelated and fall outside the scope of this project. But there are certain responsibilities that are important to, and a part of the healing centre. A responsible attitude is one that is non-selfish and listens to the site, the community and the user groups to aid in the creation of a place. One must therefore think of the building as spaces and not as objects. S/he must also respect the micro and macro site. The architect has a responsibility to the public in addition to the client and the profession. Design decisions of the architect must consider the people who will ultimately use the space, not just the immediate client or even themselves. The designer must represent the needs of all user groups, whether they are employees, clients, the old, and the young or physically impaired. Building unwelcome and inappropriate architecture is selfdefeating. While visiting Australia in 1988,1 was taken to an aboriginal settlement east of Brisbane in the Australian outback. The government built rectangular, open plan buildings with a total disregard for the occupants, imposing their own ideals on the aborigines. The buildings did not conform to the natural flow of the landscape and did not suit the life of the nomadic natives. The aborigines did not have any say in the design or construction of the settlement, thus severing any possible spiritual or physical connection 42

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