Message - Re: whats the need of architecture anyway

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Posted by  steveA(formerly just steve) on March 15, 2004 at 14:06:59:

In Reply to:  whats the need of architecture anyway posted by star on March 13, 2004 at 00:32:30:

" think of it....we r so proud to call ourselves architects,the one who renders form ,who can see beauty in space n can feel the emptiness.... we claim to create order out of chaos....
but how truthful r we?"

You're are right. Architects think architecture is the most important thing in the world, even when the same architects are turning out garbage day after day. Keep in mind that the hero of the age is the Artist. In ancient times it was the orator, and the philosopher. In more modern times it has been the physician. Today it is the Artist, because of the mystery I suppose, and the media attention. So the insecure architect (and the majority are) hangs his hat on this. You realize when you work on large projects that the architect is just a small piece of a much larger human endeavor. An important piece, but just one of many. It can be quite humbling.

architects were and are still not very well recognized, well maybe in comparison to a doctor or an engineer......due to the attitude of people ....and to retaliate and to save our face we use these phrases as a barrier.....also when people dont recognize the need of an architect"

Everyone has had contact with doctors, attornys, and accountants. How many average people have had any business with an architect? very few I would think. Not many people understand what an architect does, let alone what value an architect can bring to a project.

"they are not completely wrong....centuries ago when there was no tag or label available that blah blah is an architect people did manage to survive and in more than decent conditions.....we have millions of examples of such civilizations who just taking the help of commonsense erected complete civilizations"

The US is almost like this now. On the residential side, architects are not a factor. Contractors have developed the market, including the shaping of the taste of the masses. On the commercial side, design-build is growing . Soon, more projects will be done with a contractor as the controlling entity than the architect. This may already be the case. Architecture just doesn't matter to the populace at large. This because the US is still a frontier. In general, we are still mostly concerened with survival. We haven't arrived at a point in our evolution where a majority of people can sit back and ponder the quality of a space. Instead they're worried about whether they can afford the place in 5 years.

The good thing is that no-one is more qualified to serve clients who need spaces created for them than the architect. There are always exceptions, but architects have this expertise and will therfor always be needed in some way. When the architects stop caring about their clients needs or stop believing that their involvement is valuable, then our profession will be totally extinguished.

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