A Better World Through Architecture

Architect Wes Jones argues that architecture is "an argument for a better world". But the general public doesn't understand how. Neither do most architects, writes Christopher Hume.

"A building isn't just a building, declares the Los Angeles architect, author and academic, but an argument for the better world that has yet to be created, a proposal, suggestion, or model."

"But architecture is also an economic and bureaucratic exercise, subject to the pressures of time, money and rules as much as gravity and climate."

"'Architecture constitutes most of the environment we live in,' Jones points out. 'Architecture gains its right to impose on us by accepting this responsibility.'"

"But, he adds, 'North American culture isn't attuned to the possibilities of what architecture can do.' Alas, neither are many North American architects."

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sounds familiar

can you hear the constant drone of the art theory crap..... citing derrida and deconstructionist bs in the background?

A Better Post-Apocalyptic World Through Architecture

Jones's fascination with corrugated steel walls, shipping containers and exposed structures bring a post-apocalyptic edge to his projects. ... "I'm building a vernacular for a world that doesn't yet exist," says Jones. Not now, perhaps, but soon.

Creating this self-consciously artsy post-apocalyptic edge is just the opposite of building a better world.

Charles Siegel

in the 'black turtleneck'

in the 'black turtleneck' architecture world thats apparently utopia

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