Message - Re: what would br the role of architect in 2050

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Posted by  StuGreen on July 17, 2003 at 13:13:09:

In Reply to:  Re: what would br the role of architect in 2050 posted by Per Corell on July 17, 2003 at 02:16:29:

I don't think we disagree. I suspect, or at least hope, there will be a pendulum effect that is searching for the values you describe.

I was noticing a lot of the other threads have a similar theme of what's an architect supposed to do? It makes me wonder a couple of things:

1) What were architects thinking, here in Canada, post WWII when we were constructing hordes of "war homes" which were just little boxes. Did they feel that was the end then?

2) I was working for the Canadian Broadasting Corporation for some years and everyone was chanting that the audience was being fragmented into little slices and so it was difficult to capture a good market share... and then the movie "Jurassic Park" came out as a blockbuster and everyone and their dog went to see it. Fragmentation evaporated when something cool enough came along.

I think architects face the same alienation-by-efficiency-and-technology as everyone else. Lawyers push deals through based on templates, doctors opinions are being pushed by data and statistics. Maybe the question is: what is architecturally compelling enough to overcome the lure of efficiency which seems almost unbeatable. Hopefully the one-eye of efficiency can be made to evaporate to the point where it takes its place among other values.

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