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Architecture’s existential crisis

Four posts ago, I took a break from the usual technical and on-going project posts, and instead went on a four part spree talking about Architecture. In particular, I tackled the question of Architecture’s existential crisis. It talks about issues about discipline and professionalism (actually inspired by Bob Martin’s similar talks in the software industry), the philosophies that architecture idolises, and overarching goals of the profession and the world in general.

The reason I spent so much time on this is because I believe that it is wrong to treat architecture as superficially as an art form. It is not a commodified object of entertainment like a book or movie. It isn’t something where people are given the choice to consume it. Instead, it is inherently part of our day to day lives and affects everyone. This means architects have a responsibility to others.

I’ve converted the rather long post into a LaTeX-compiled PDF, so those who haven’t read it due to the sheer size can enjoy it. Download it here.

Will resume to the usual topics after this.


2 Comments

hari says: (14 April 2013)

That’s a nicely compiled paper. Are you planning to use that as part of your thesis?

Dion Moult says: (14 April 2013)

Hey Hari. It was actually the combination of an assignment and a personal interest in resolving a rather intriguing aspect of architectural academia. It will unlikely be used in a thesis. It was also written quite simply so it could be understood by the general public.

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