Posted by Rog the Dodge on February 14, 2003 at 14:37:46:
In Reply to: 'average on an average' posted by Samir Fayaz on February 14, 2003 at 13:25:09:
Ayn Rand, as you are aware, promoted a philosophical position called 'objectivism' whereby the individual could rationally weigh all factors pertaining to a particular situation and come to a balanced objective view...except that such a view was always motivated by self-interest and objectivity was consequently never altruistic. Rand's ideal architect was FLW (who did a small sketch of a house for her, not built).
Rand simply had no time for the committee (conference) architect. The kind of rationalism produced by committee is always normative and seeks to perpetuate societal conventions unquestioningly; in Mark Twain's miserable aphorism: "The best is the enemy of the good."
Another way of looking at it was the suggestion that, in Schools of Architecture, it was the A students who taught the B students to work for the C students: although it's doubtful that many of us would have rated the majority of our Tutors as As.
Rationalism is a method, it is not an origin nor a destination, and practioners of it may use for whatever ends they wish. Within the perverse circumstances of his practice Albert Speer employed rationalism.
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