QUICK GUIDE: How Not To Architect (Part 7)
Check out Part 1 here, 2 here, 3 here, 4 here, 5 here and 6 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:
A QUICK GUIDE: HOW NOT TO ARCHITECT.
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.
The Angry Architect
ARTICLE 61: Green Wall Down!
This sustainable feature is proving a little... unsustainable.
ARTICLE 62: A Sight For Sore Eyes.
Dear Extroverts: Please note that standing out is not *always* a good thing...
ARTICLE 63: Castlevania.
Are you a King or Queen? If no, reconsider turrets.
ARTICLE 64: The Hotel Of Doom.
Esquire called it "The Worst Building In The History Of Mankind". Whatever your thoughts on the architectural qualities of North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel, one thing that can't be argued is that the management of this project was far from ideal.
The hotel was scheduled to open in June 1989, but problems with building methods and materials causedsevere delays. In 1992, after the building had reached its full architectural height, work was halted due to a lack of funds amid electricity and food shortages in North Korea following the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Japanese newspapers estimated the cost of construction was $750 million, consuming a massive 2 percent of North Korea’s GDP.
It remained a concrete shell for 16 years, before the project finally resumed in 2008. The exterior of the building is now finished (it is now sheathed in highly reflective glass) but it is unclear exactly when it will officially be open for business... the mystery continues.
ARTICLE 65: Frightful Fenestration.
ARTICLE 66: Bawdy Bushes.
Aw, come on now. Really?
Believe it or not, this kind of thing makes headline news in the UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2431713/Premier-Inn-removes-spherical-bushes-plants-outside-new-hotel-topiary-look-like-phallus.html
ARTICLE 67: Knowledge.
Always do your research before posting about architecture on social networks. Don't worry, Rachael - we've all been there (more or less).
ARTICLE 68: The Wheelchair Foundation.
Spot the mistake.
ARTICLE 69: Every Man's Home Is His Castle.
Also, taking proverbs literally is generally not the best idea.
ARTICLE 70: The Ramp Riddle.
Go up the ramp, open the door, go in--- oh wait.