Message - people dont deserve architects...

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Posted by  Adam on November 09, 2002 at 15:16:49:

I beleive that New Zealands, like many countries im sure, dont deserve our passions.

People beleive architecture is purely the trade of drawing buildings, and good architecture the product of a well orientated curved feature element to a house.
Interior designers pick interior furnishings, and architects draw buildings in plan, and their appearance from the external.

Architects konw not, how a building is built, our fees are extravagant, and we are arrogant when attempting to 'enlighten' our clients, (or open their eys for them).

This comes in my belief, from a narrow minded, 'uncultured' colonial country, recently and arguably still within, a pioneering era. An establishing, log cutting, sheep farming typology, rather than a more appropriate boundary pushing environment which a developing country should be in.

We are plagued with 'Do it yourselfers', a culture of people who believe that they can do anything. This virtue has brought about many positive attributes, and claims to brilliance, the Americas Cup and boat building technologies for one. but architecture has been left behind, the skillful products of our passions are no longer known, or understood.

How can we reintroduce the faith in architecture, and give it back to the people, they need to know what it is before they are worth recieving it.

Is it as simple as economics? Sociology? all of it?
People believe that the extents of architecture is a new polystyrene home, of as many rooms as they can afford. Quantity and new, not quality.

We simply construct, and do not architect.

Is it just my country, or is this a global thing?

We are quite dislocated from our European families, and so travel is a luxury we often dont invest in.



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