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Posted by  Harry Pasternak on November 09, 2003 at 06:56:20:

In Reply to:  Re: Discouraged at the comments. posted by Justin Hui on November 06, 2003 at 17:12:34:

I have no idea of who the people are - posting on this site. But constant negative reaction towards architects is not too surprising.

80+ year old British/Swedish architect Erskine was asked to define architect - his reponse - "someone who loves people"! How many architects love people? After all, most buildings are built for people - how could anyone design a user-friendly building unless they did love people.

And what does an architect do if they love people and want to design USER-FRIENDLY buildings? They need to go and learn how and why people use space both inside and outside the building. I know of only one university in the world - that has a school of architecture that facilitates learning on "how and why people use space both inside and outside the building" - one. What are the architecture professors being paid for at other universities? To put out grads who draw "nice" looking buildings?

That's why most buildings - 99.9% - are not USER-FRIENDLY. And its not too surprising that most cities are not USER-FRIENDLY either.

I would defy any architect (or anyone else) on this list - to list USER-FRIENDLY design elements. I am not talking about elements like wheel chair accessibility.

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