Posted by Manuel Oliveros on March 11, 2003 at 16:32:08:
In Reply to: Re: Architect who...? My contractor does it better..yeah may be posted by Sunaabh on March 09, 2003 at 10:13:20:
Certainly lots of the flaws you talk about where you practice, specially those related corruption through bribes have also place in Spain. Recently a major players in US cities have had to leave being guilty of it. So the problems of this kind persist happening anywhere, and is truly impossible to stay practicing anywhere without adversarially or at least witnessing if not collaborating such practices in play. I frankly don't see more technologically advanced societies be any better on this than those less ... I every day am compelled to think more with Voltaire civilization be the perfection of barbary.
Other thing is that with all these human imperfections and injustices that of course cause sufferings and inflated costs, the technological prowess of the more scientifically advanced societies allow for a bigger number of checks that ensure that the product, from inception to fabrication and then use stay more within the limits of serviceability and life safety standards.
As an architect if one has the time and wll of hearing those directly involved in the works that have shown an interest in doing it well one may learn a lot, for they daily witness the intricacies of their making. Furthermore, these people are key to the quality of the buildings the architects design and direct. They, as everyone, become daily and year after year more competent. The less albe are also sincere enough to be impressed by any show of acumen by the architect, for they greatly appreciate the ability of conception of spaces and providing solutions ... this also happens with the structural designers that not being architects have overcome some kind of stupid hatred for people they have come to preconceive as incompetent, something that still happens somewhat due to some long shadow of XIX century education.
In sum, a well trained architect should be appreciated as aa jewel y the community in which he serves, and not doing so, they only worsen any problems they have about their living. It is this kind of service for which we trained and practice, and for which no other professional is better endowed to attest. I have seen the problems you describe be true, and I have also seen how we can provide service and solutions, and it is up to society to decide if they want better buildings or worse.
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