Message - Re: Are we being "crippled" by visionary professors?

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Posted by  Richard Haut on May 20, 2003 at 04:44:10:

In Reply to:  Re: Are we being "crippled" by visionary professors? posted by Howard Roark on May 20, 2003 at 01:30:39:

if the teachers themselves have neither the knowledge nor the experience of what being a working architect involves, then it is a failure not of them as individuals but of the education being given.

the majority of architects go on to earn their living (the phrase the "business type" indicates the increasing retreat by many members of the profession from the failure in many countries (as discussed on other threads) to be able to show the true worth and relevance of the profession in the contemporary world)).

Zaha is an architect that I greatly like and admire - but she has chosen her own route. This can be a very tough choice which, if it brings rewards, can take a long time to do so - as with Future Systems.

Most people are not at the extreme edge, but that does not therefore mean that unless they are in the increasingly trite media, then they have to be some sort of commercial hack.

There are decent clients who want decent buildings in communities that want those communities enhanced and made more liveable and agreeable by good design.

Architects who are arrogant about what they have not built should ask themselves exactly what they have to be arrogant about. For "visionary", perhaps one could read "utopian" or "totalitarian".

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