Housing of Okazaki - Studio Velocity
Underground by David Macaulay
- Sergio Palleroni
"This quote is found in the last of 30 essays on architects and architecture devoted to a broader public not typically considered in the profession and in schools: the poor, the homeless, the disabled, the individuals, families and organizations not affected by architecture and its upper-class private clients and exclusive institutions. By the time the reader confronts these words by Palleroni, one of the founders of the BaSiC Initiative, there is little doubt in his or her mind that something is at fault with a profession limited in its scope but apparently unlimited in its talent and impact.
"The reasons for this misalignment run deep, from public funding and design education to the media’s continued emphasis on photogenic designs for rich clients. Much has to do with how the term "the public" is defined, if it excludes certain groups or if it embraces all walks of life. In many cases, which way the pendulum swings is a matter of who wields the power, who makes the decisions and who defines the public in a certain manner. So in a collection focusing on the designer’s role in "architecture for the other 98%," an incomplete picture is painted.
"Regardless, it should be acknowledged that design work for marginalized populations is not usually a money-making operation, it is done with strong intentions to help those excluded from consideration. Surely commendation must be given to designers willing to reverse a deeply-rooted trend, but more importantly it is the lessons learned from architects dealing with these sorts of projects that is of value, spreading their experience to others not sure how to take that leap into activist design."
i’ve been rather disillusion with architecture lately. my experience of it, having only a degree in it, is that it benefits the most privileged people. like the dream projects are mostly largely pointless things like art galleries, theatres and other such pubic buildings, or wildly expensive houses for people with too much money.
meanwhile we’re living in dire economic times, population is rising, there’s a massive housing crisis, schools are failing, the high street is failing, and here we are drawing pictures of fantastical nonsense when we should be designing better schools, sustainable and affordable housing, and environmental responsible buildings.
i feel like i’ve had a privileged education leading to a privileged profession (albeit not particularly well paid) designing dream grand designs for the most privileged people. i’m sure i want to be part of this tbh
or maybe this is just a false image i have of architects. my friends who have worked in practices have experienced better than this, working on buildings that matter.
i should probably read every one of these but they would be really expensive wouldn’t they
Staufer & Hasler // Training Center Fire House II, Zurich
Peter Eisenman // Diagrammatic Model for Emory Centre for the Arts // 1991
Falling Water under construction
Josef Frank, House in Skargarden, 1927