Posted by Richard Haut on September 27, 2003 at 02:49:49:
In Reply to: Rebels without a cause: architecture without a point posted by Rog the Dodge on September 26, 2003 at 14:28:36:
I think that you are right - it is, in effect, a retreat by the profession so that it becomes self-referential; architects designing for each other.
however I believe it to be more a question of the individual being treated by the society as a punter, a mug - rather than as a consumer.
it reflects societies where poorly-run corporations have taken over the power and influence of the politicians - and the lack of any form of social concern or collective responsibility means that the last thing that they want are professionals who exercise responsible judgement. With nobody else listening, the profession talks amongst itself.
whether it is Arthur Andersen debasing the entire purpose of the accounting profession, Kellogg Brown and Root designing cages for humans at Guantanamo, or British professionals earning a fast-buck out of ill-managed, ill-considered and ill-run private finanace initiative projects, they have simply ignored the role of the professional in return for an increasingly small fee.
it is not that the rebels do not have a cause - rather that it is so difficult to identify the enemies of the profession. It is often said that good design is good value; however the first requirement for the opportunity for good design is open and honest procurement. It has been a clear and openly stated ambition of the current UK government to undo the client-consultant relationship in construction.
A world run by builders ? Like Dick Cheney ?
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