Posted by Michael on April 10, 2003 at 02:19:58:
In Reply to: Enrolling soon in UNSW to study B Arch... Is studying 5 yrs. long worth it? posted by Worried like HELL! on January 20, 2003 at 20:49:06:
In response in part to Ken's comment about the asskissers and the like getting ahead. HE IS COMPLETELY CORRECT. I am in the 5 year BArch program in the states at one of the best schools and I can say first hand that while many of my close classmates and I work hard to work together to make each other's ideas as good as possible, there will ALWAYS be those students in your class whose sole purpose it seems is to screw the rest of the class over so they can get ahead in the eyes of the professor. But remember Nash's economic theory; that the best overall product will result when every member of a group does what's best for the group, throwing non-cooperative games out the window.
There are a few things that you might think about, that I have thought about and have not completely answered for myself.
1-What is the definition of the perfect architectural client and is that the person/group that you would like to dedicate your life helping? My focus in architecture is in the fact that I feel that it is the best way in which I can use my talents and interests to increase the quality of life for as many people as I can. So I am still battling this question.
2-What is architecture to a blind man? Is it completely superficial? Many say that great architecture is greatly a matter of taste. So are there inherent qualities of spaces that can transcend the "beauty is in the mind of the beholder" metaphor? Can a person really appreciate the spacial qualities you have created if they can't see them? This summer I hope to do a number of interviews and write something of an exposition on the subject. It is true that designs can appeal to other senses but does that appeal create architecture.
good luck to you in your first year, and don't let those @$$ holes that will surely be in your class get to you.
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