QUICK GUIDE: How Not To Architect (Part 9)
Check out Part 1 here, 2 here, 3 here, 4 here, 5 here, 6 here, 7 here and 8 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 81: Time Management.
Alright, we all know it shouldn't work out this way... but sometimes it just does. If all else fails, take comfort from the fact that you are not alone!
ARTICLE 82: Wonky Windows.
There's something not quite right here. Still, nice ladder!
ARTICLE 83: The Wrong Ramp.
Good luck, wheelchair users.
ARTICLE 84: Blingin' Bogs.
When it comes to toilets, listen to Mies: LESS IS MORE.
ARTICLE 85: Switched Off.
Guaranteed to make your OCD senses tingle...
ARTICLE 86: Case Closed.
As bad as Article 85... possibly worse. I mean, there could be a beautiful set of drafting pens and/or a bottle of whisky in one of those drawers!
ARTICLE 87: Face Off.
ARTICLE 88: All The World's A Stage.
Nervous poopers... look away now.
ARTICLE 89: Copy-cat-astrophe.
China has become infamous for its copy-cat architecture in recent years, and much debate can be had over the ethical and cultural implications of such plagiarism. Regardless of your view though, here's one rule that should be followed rigorously: "If you're going to do it, do it well".
The attempted replication of Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House in Fu Ning county, north-eastern China falls a little short, to say the least. What's that made from, papier mache?
ARTICLE 90: Micro Ramps.
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