Posted by Adam on November 10, 2002 at 11:12:31:
In Reply to: Re: people dont deserve architects... posted by BRUTUS on November 09, 2002 at 17:38:27:
are you suggesting, that maybe our buildings as built, are our colonial architecture? Are these in fact the products of our colonial past (present?) We have been grapling with colonial - indigenous - native - contextual - regionalisticalismistical architecture for someyears now, with varying success. However we still build as a society pathetic, stucco on fibre cement board, 'mediteranean' styled houses, which are the antithesis of our contextual architecture. This is a result of the simplicities that our people understand, style only. The majority of this country are un intelligent people, lacking in global knowledge & experience, not understanding other cultures beyond that of immigrant & foreigner... or savage native. The sheltered life has crippled us. The real problem is that we are actually 'happy' with our cheap crap that we are building for homes, they are new, 4 b/roomed, with 'modern' aethetics and materials, and therefore are architectural. Yet they are quite obviously not.
The question is not, how do architects percieve New Zealand architecture of yesterday, today and tomorrow, but how can we as a profession, take some control back, and start using our passion to give something back to NewZealand architecture, and New Zealanders also.
We have our hands tied behind our backs, as under 5% of houses built here are designed with the input of a registered architect. Therefore over 95% of them are designed by client, builder and draughtsman. 3 A3 pages of 1:100 drawings is all our homes are built from. That is less information than our forebearers drew 100 years ago.
We are prgressing backwards.
How do we move forwards.
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