Doubt in Architecture

Architect Steven Holl's new book is a retrospective of his 30-year career, and an overview of his argument that architecture needs an element of doubt.

The book is titled Urbanisms: Working with Doubt.

"'Working with Doubt' is a jarring concept in the context of our romanticizations. With the awe of a pioneer scientist, Holl makes his point that the paradigm of architecture has changed, and an element of doubt is key.

Eleven ideas contextualize doubt; Holl's elaborations on each cross-pollinate philosophy with imagery with historical and anecdotal observations.

Full Story: Urbanisms: Working with Doubt

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I doubt Hol is sincere

Another bit of starchitect trope passing for intellectual depth whilst covering up for ugly work. No harm in living in the world of ideas, but when your work will be experienced in the world of the living, a typical refusal to accnowledge the reality of the architectural experience.

Who dosen't experience doubt while either designing a building or in just about every human endevor? Is admitting doubt supposed to be instrumental in appreciating Hol's work? Me thinks Hol is full of himself.

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