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QUICK GUIDE: How Not To Architect (Part 5)

Check out PART 1 here, PART 2 here, PART 3 here aaand PART 4 over here!

So, I'm frequently asked what makes me so ANGRY. The truth is, I'm not always in a rage... in fact, quite often I'm a veritable ball of sweetness and light! (Within reason of course, I am an architect after all...)

The infamous anger only really occurs only when I see architecture, design, engineering and project managing that is - how do I put this? - at the WRONG end of the intelligence spectrum. This includes everything from a dodgy door handle to an enormous, post-modern mess...

The question is: How can we reduce this source of face-palming frustration? By compiling a handy pamphlet for all concerned, succinctly named:


Peruse the articles below for examples of what not to do, and feel free to contribute to the collection as you see fit, just send me your photos over on the official Facebook page... for the benefit and continuing professional development of us all, of course. You can thank me later.

Yours educationally,

The Angry Architect


ARTICLE 41: THAT Bottom Step.

Nope nope nope.
Via: Bad Housing



ARTICLE 42: 'Tricky' Escalator.

I'm just fine with this one... but then, I'm pretty vertically challenged.



ARTICLE 43: Trace Reference.

What goes on in the mind of an architecture student...



ARTICLE 44: Difficult Doors.

I appreciate the placement of a chair as an improvised step. That's called 'making the best of a bad situation'.



ARTICLE 45: Public Housing Like Pruitt Igoe.

There were so many flaws with this, the most infamous example of public housing in US history - not least the segregation of racial groups and income brackets into different blocks... when the entire complex was eventually torn down, Charles Jencks declared: "Modern architecture died in St Louis, Missouri on July 15, 1972, at 3.32 pm."

Read more about it here:



ARTICLE 46: Thrilling Thresholds.

Did someone take that door-swing line on your drawing a little too literally? Maybe, just maybe.



ARTICLE 47: Ramp It Up.

As my fellow colleagues say to me all too frequently... "It's not ideal."



ARTICLE 48: Room With A View.

Nervous temperament? Steer clear of this bathroom.



ARTICLE 49: Windows Of Death.

Winner of the prestigious National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1977, the John Hancock Tower stands as the tallest building in Boston and is an iconic architectural landmark.

But it hasn't always looked so handsome. There was a slight issue during this skyscraper's early years: the building liked to drop windows onto the pavement below. And these aren't your cutesy little house windows, but 5-by-12-foot, 500-pound slabs of aerial death. It wasn't just a few of them either, but hundreds and hundreds of windows hurtling to the streets below. The problem got so bad that whenever winds exceeded 45 miles an hour, police would close off the entire area around the building for public safety.

By April of that year, more than an acre of the building's exterior was covered in wooden panels: the building quickly became known as the 'plywood palace'. In the end, the issue was fixed, but only by replacing every single one of the windows at the cost of $7 million...




ARTICLE 50: The Play Park Of Doom.

A little leap just before you reach the bottom, and you might just make it kids.