This is my second post in the ArchiTalks series. If you are unfamiliar, it is a series of posts by different architects all revolving around a single topic. Today’s topic… Architecture in the real world. Wow, talk about a rabbit hole. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to all of the others that are participating. Make sure to check them out, I can almost guarantee they will be some great reads.
So as I am sitting here thinking about this one, why is it that I can’t get the voice of Morpheus out of my head saying “Welcome… to the architecture of the real.” Come on admit it, you just did your best Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus from the Matrix voice in your head, or was it just me?
If you’ve spent any time in an architectural office or have read any of the blogs, you’ll know the amount of time that has been dedicated to discussing things like lineweights, sketching ability, renderings, etc. People actually get into big time arguments about this stuff. I know because, well, I’ve been in the middle of some of them. (I might have started a few them, but we don’t need to focus on that.).
A beginning sketch for a new project…
A final layout working in all the required elements…
The final set of construction documents… With some more redlines, of course.
We spend our entire careers mastering these tools to try and tell the story of what we envision. But at the heart of it, this is not where our passion truly lies. Oh, now don’t get me wrong here. I’ve had the honor to know some people who are flat out amazing at architectural paintings, renderings, sketches, etc. There are plenty of competitions and awards for examples of these that will completely amaze you. But I think almost every architect would agree, what we are truly after, where our passion really lies, is the finished project that exceeded our clients expectations and hopefully made a positive impact in the profession.
I think that I have been luckier than a lot of architects out there. I have had the opportunity in my career so far to work on a huge variety of projects. From a 10’x10′ storage space all the way to $100 million+ projects (and, cross your fingers, hopefully in the near future some that even far exceed that). Exciting and scary at the same time.
I always get excited to see the lines I draw on paper turn into something real. It’s a hair pulling, finger pointing, restless nights, awesome part of the project. You’re able to get out of the office and visit the job site. Something I think everyone at a firm should do from time to time. See here.
A finished council chamber only days before it opened for use. I’ve been able to visit this one from time to time since it has been in use, and they have kept it looking just as good as the day it opened.
This is a current housing project the firm I am at is working on. You remember that hair pulling comment earlier, I feel for the guy doing the CA on this project. It’s going to end up great, just some hiccups along the way since it is a renovation project.
This is the lobby of a conference center I was heavily involved in. The space is absolutely huge for a lobby, but to make the existing and the new work together, this was the solution. I’ve heard they use it for some more informal gatherings as well. What was really awesome… the client absolutely loved the final product.
Ok, so I still can’t get Morpheus out of my head with this post and I found a quote from him that I think fits in extremely well.
“What is “real”? How do you define “real”?”
The architecture profession has seen some pretty drastic changes in the last decade or so that I think will have a big effect on not only how we create spaces, but the spaces we create as well.
Oh yeah, don’t forget! Click on the links below to see how some others responded to “Architecture in the Real World”.
Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture – @FiELD9arch Welcome to the Architecture of the Real
Marica McKeel – Studio MM – @ArchitectMM Architecture in the Real World
Michael Riscica – Young Architect – @YoungArchitxPDX Architecture in the Real World
Tara Imani – Tara Imani Designs, LLC – @Parthenon1 Architecture in the Real World