Sometimes a Building is not the Solution
Often when an architect is presented with a societal problem or need, their first reaction is to design a building in response to the predicament. It’s a curious outcome given that an architect’s training and skills extend well beyond the planning of a building. An accomplished architect is readily able to analyse and integrate a disparate array of requirements and information into a resolved, cohesive and coordinated whole. Why then, after a process of architects acquiring information, analysis and processing, do the majority of architects pop a building out as the solution to most problems? Is it predestination – building design is what we do? A failure in the analysis and resolution? Or is it just a lack of research and a failure to source adequate information in order to allow the conception of any other manner of solution? At a time when “Design Thinking” is the buzz in business, and architects are recognised for this form of creative thinking, why is it hard for architects to conceive of anything but a building as the solution to a given problem?