Message - Re: Is the career of architecture declining?

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Posted by  Jim on June 29, 2003 at 19:48:20:

In Reply to:  Is the career of architecture declining? posted by Justin Hui on June 26, 2003 at 16:56:44:

If by ARCHITECTURE one means something more than a 2-bedroom bungalow, the answer is Yes. Projects larger than this are almost always done by a 'group' of differing 'professionals' who often know much more about business and engineering than art. So, if a man wants to become known as an Artist in Architecture, his outlook is poor indeed. Most people today want an annual income of more than about $50,000-US these days, since that is considered the bottom of the 'middle-class income level' in the US. To attain and keep higher levels of income, an architect/designer must aim only for jobs much larger than homes or small stores or the like; they must join up with big firms capable of furnishing the Building 'Package' to the client, often acting as General contractor, specialty contractors, site surveyors and preparers and sometimes real estate agents as well as bankers. If you love law and business practices, this is the world for you, but I'm not sure that it is really architecture. We live in a day and age where pretension is often more abundant than art, so one can easily put enough sticks together (and sign it) and proclaim that they have created 'architecture' and some goofus somewhere is bound to parrot this as the 'new realism' and shout the praises of this 'new' "art." As I said in another post, Infamy is EASY to achieve (just look at much modern architecture around you) but Artistry is far, far more difficult, which is why most today to not even attempt it. Read: "From Bauhaus to Our House" by Tom Wolfe to learn why, but if you have real talent for something more than engineering, I pity you in today's world of pretension, sophistry, obsequiousness, and utter greed. Don't worry that there will come to be no one to build the buildings we want, for there are always hacks who will do any abomination for enough money! They question is: Do you want to be counted among them?

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