Message - Re: Architecture --- Science Or Art Or Both?!

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Posted by  Harry Pasternak on September 15, 2003 at 13:30:07:

In Reply to:  Re: Architecture --- Science Or Art Or Both?! posted by Donald on September 12, 2003 at 12:58:17:

Give architects more credit!? As I said before 99% don't deserve more credit because they are failures. They are failures because they have no knowledge of how and why people use space - both inside or outside of buildings.

I gave the actual example of how people use a 3 'person' park benches. And it doesn't matter whether the architect designs the park benches or picks them out of a catalogue - the fact is that architects, urban planners (often architetcs) and landscape architects all believe that 3 unrelated people will sit on a 3 'person park bench' - where in reality only 2 will likely sit there. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Yes as you say - "Most designers rely on experience of the past and present and what constitutes some design as being prototype." - which is why 99% of the projects that architects do - SUCK - big time.

Another good example is that 99% of buildings that architects do on downtown urban waterfronts have absolutely no respect the the harbour, lake, river or bay - whose waters are publicly owned. 99% of the time - the public has no meaningful access to those publicly own space (the water) - or can't even see the water. That kind of architectural design SUCKS badly because architects simply do not have any knowledge of how and why people use public open space.

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