Message - Re: Do architects understand "semiotics" as it relates to building design?

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Posted by  Richard Haut on November 26, 2003 at 10:45:09:

In Reply to:  Re: Do architects understand "semiotics" as it relates to building design? posted by Donald on November 26, 2003 at 07:01:32:

Donald - you know better than that.

the irony (or sadness) is that the movements that tried to improve the urban environment (e.g. the garden cities movement) were largely started by architects - long, long, long ago.

modern urban spaces are - to a very considerable extent - cold and hostile. A significant number of modern buildings ignore the street-level existence around them.

now, it may be fair to say that the architect has only limited influence over this - the architect is certainly an enabler, but the city authorities, the money, the developers are the ones pushing for their cheap-profit thrill, and the hell with the people.

it is up to the people of a city, or a country, to insist that their surroundings are respected. Perfect example was Covent Garden in London - immense effort went into fighting the development plans, so it is at least in part preserved - and liked. What would it have looked like if the schemes had gone ahead some thirty years ago ? Donald, we all know what it would have looked like.

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