Generalized Architectural Observations

Generalized Architectural Observations.


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Module #2: Parts of the Whole

This is the one remaining module that I either posted elsewhere, or it got lost in the ether. I neither know, nor particularly care how or why it happened.

As is noted in other portions of this blog, the architectural field has become so complicated that it is impossible for anyone to comprehend every possible aspect of the trade. As such, there is an incredible necessity to cooperate with other skilled trades in order to determine the appropriate course of action to complete the necessary task. Just as an example, there are so many diverse regulatory agencies involved that it requires a significantly diverse group of individuals just to navigate the requirements of the specific agency involved.

In order to become a functional professional in ANY FIELD, it is an absolute necessity to start being more specialized, than trying to be a journeyman with relatively limited skills. It is a brave new world, and we must adapt or perish…

Module #11: Urbanism and Context and Operations

While I currently live in an urban environment, I abhor cities. Unfortunately, they are the only functional future for humanity. Whether they reflect the slumish sprawl of Mexico City, or the lavishness of Doha, remains to be determined more by the political and ideological evolution of the species, than anything a professional designer would have sufficient authority to impose. If the standards are such that the powers-that-be continue to export jobs to whatever third-world locale they can damage, then the economic vitality of the Western world will continue to decline until there is virtually nothing left. There is some validity in the political film Zeitgeist Addendum, in the hopes that in the reasonably near future almost all of our needs have been automated, and humanity can transcend into a nearly utopian existence, where the sole interest is in finding something new to learn. I believe we can get there, but am not very optimistic as to the nature of the path there….