Dear Other Architects.


Charles Holland, director at FAT, an award winning architectural practice based in London, writes a cynical open letter to Other Architects on his Fantastic Journal. He insists we should all stop entering architectural competitions. He gives ten reason. I think he might be right.

They are a pretty terrible way of procuring a building. Imagine a system where you want something but you’re not sure exactly what it is. So you make a list of things you think you want and invite everyone in the world to send you their ideas for what it looks like. You have no other interaction with them, communicate – if at all – by email and, in the end, hope for the best and pick the one you fancy. This is the architectural competition process. It’s similar to internet dating, but less fun.


Rendered Image vs. Reality


I’ve noted this before, and it’s something that’s bothered me for a while. We architects often take wild liberties with our rendered images. Especially in South Africa, in my experience. And often, for numerous reasons, the architecture is savagely watered down after the visuals are completed. Sadly the same visuals are used to sell the scheme. And that’s a lie.

Anyway, Archdaily has a an old, but interesting post on the subject. And this is linked to in the comments.

I’m pretty sure that RAFAA’s Solar City Tower competition entry for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will suffer the same fate as Olafur Eliasson’s Water Fall linked to above.


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