Message - Re: Wire mesh structures (continued, hopefully not for long )

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Posted by  Gary R on January 24, 2003 at 08:44:32:

In Reply to:  Re: Wire mesh structures (continued, hopefully not for long ) posted by Per Corell on January 24, 2003 at 07:55:45:

"you must experience the opputunities try the limits give a hell about the function"

Oh, I see. So, you don't "give a hell" about your client's needs, then? It is those needs that determine the function of the building, and if, as a professional architect, your goal is to satisfy your client's needs (it certainly should be, if you have any desire to stay in business), then your design must reflect some understanding of your client's goals in constructing the building in the first place. This is why I detest "architects" such as Frank Gehry, whose work seems to have been aimed at aggrandizing himself at the expense of his clients by designing as he, himself thought the structure should be, without any regard for his clients' needs at all. The monsterous construction budgets of his projects were a direct result of his choice of materials, and, especially, of his desire to use biomorphic forms, which negate all possibility of using standard materials and components, or standard construction techniques. One of the goals of most competent architects is to not only remain within the client's budget, but to find ways to reduce costs and solve problems. Biomorphic and free form design, while it may appeal to our sense of whimsy, does the exact opposite: it increases cinstruction and maintenance costs, and it causes structural design problems that could one day lead to a catastrophe. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy looking at unusual forms and designs, and I attempt to incorporate them into my work, as much as possible, but I don't do so with complete contempt for reason.


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