Posted by Jim on August 10, 2003 at 05:57:00:
In Reply to: Re: Thesis on rejuvenating a slum posted by sway on August 09, 2003 at 23:58:37:
Rejuvinating a Slum may seem a noble use of an architect's talents, but be careful that it does not turn into a treatise on how to make 'beautiful buildings' a la those of the Bauhaus "Worker Housing" which were so awful in the USA that the poor avoided the crime-ridden, crumbling boxes as much as they could. In the USA it was a trend called "Urban Renewal" and caused the widespread demolition of millions of older houses and stores in older areas of central cities, to replace them with quickly-built architectural embarrasments that made a lot of quick money for the developers (who were 'bedfellows' with the paying politicians, of course.) Regardless of the talents of the architect, it is IMPOSSIBLE to design-out the status of the poor. They will continue to be poor regardless of how nice a building one designs. The REAL challenge is to erase poverty, but in God's Word, the Bible, His Son, Jesus, says: "The poor will always be with us." meaning in the present system of things of greedy mankind which dominates this earth. In the near future, God will forcably intervene in the affairs of men and will remove all greedy people and those not loving righteousness and then poverty and all other social ills will end, as this earth is then divinely restored to a paradise state. As it says at Revelation 21:4 "there will be no mourning nor outcry no pain any more; the former things have passed away." Take the opportunity when someone comes to your door to listen about how you can be an architect in a New World where you will design, not to house poverty, but only to enjoy eternal peace worldwide.
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