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Sometimes a Building is not the Solution

Posted by On Oct 12, 2016 In Ideas, Opinion Tags , , ,

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?

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  • Morgan Newall on Mar 29, 2017 Reply

    Good points Michael, my first thoughts would be that this ‘status quo’ speaks to endemic issues across industries, and is symptomatic of industrialised thinking (we may be in a post-industrial age, yet our education, our mindsets, are not).

    The vast majority still work in siloed industries and roles, wherein design thinking – to create solutions to problems, and hence change, is a low priority compared with forwarding said industry, heralding it’s merits and hence reinforcing the need for them (and our roles, just as they are).

    It seems that fundamental to any kind of change is Education. And education starts whenever we decide it does :) .

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