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Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
The Most Destructive Profession in the 20th Century -- Architecture.

True? False?
Kenneth Huo
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Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
false.
Dushyant Nathwani
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
Kenneth,
Can you explain the context?
P Das
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
Kenneth, maybe what you mean is that architecture is being used as a tool for destruction?
Bukola Tijani
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
False.

International homogenization of global design styles: True!

Strength in cultural contrasts! Respect for traditions, regional identities - not threatened by architecture, only by lack of imagination!
Anthony Stewart
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
False.
Even if you think in terms of the energy giving off by buildings, we have 'green architecture and 'Eco-tects'.
Muhammad Zia-ul-haq
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
Kenneth,

True, when applied to the absolute disregard for human life and humanity by Avante Garde designed architecture. :)))
Frank John Snelling
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
What is on your mind, the architects and the architects to be?

OMA / Zaha / Libeskind / Eisemann / Moss / Holl / Christopher Alexander?

Who is doing what, in what sense?
Kenneth Huo
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
...true


Ignorance,
The mind,
Not the outward form,
Is more promizing dead,
Paradise,
Extinguishing,
Copy, corrupt, copyright, circulate, control,
Called the lesser,
Must yet know naught,
If a Proskenion column facing,
An Amphiteatron could,
Talk,
Try hard to always try to the good.
Serdar Anlagan
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
...false

A raft used to cross the river,
What architect could seriously rival,
One being,
That lead to the orchestra,
Which led the proskenion,
There was another rectangular room,
That was supported by several columns,
What architect could seriously rival,
Like rays,
Returned the earth again,
That which is not subject to causation,
No matter What it would change into,
Includes, but is not limited to.
Serdar Anlagan
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
I was attracted to the question and realized that the responses were more confused than the question itself.
Building of BOMBS was (and IS) the most destrucive profession of 20th century!
Of course this is my opinion based on some obvious facts.
Or perhaps we have all forgotten the H-Bomb!
Sahba Laal
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
What other professions will be more destructive than architecture?
Kenneth Huo
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
Human mind can be both constructive or destructive. A profession is a representive body of people and if all of them are like-mindedly "destructive", the profession would assume the notorious distinction of being the same. Why single architecture? We architects have difficulty in even arriving at a commonly valued understanding of our discipline. We are not even closer to constituting a body of "like-minded" people.
Kush Patel
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
salaam,

From my discipline, architecture is communication, neither creative or destructive.

It is only our use of architecture, of communication which makes it one or the other.

ma salemah!
Anthony Stewart
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
I'd say chemical or petroleum engineering is the most destructive in recent times
Augustine Owusu-Ansah
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
The most destructive professions are those which destroy human culture, human spirituality and human sentience in the name of "Universal Uniformity".
Frank John Snelling
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
True
Not only in 20th c but throughout the History of Human habitation. It's a cycle of Construct & destruct , destruct & construct, But this sense is quite subjective. Like, We construct Buildings & Destruct the forest. ................................... Continue...
Furqan Khatri
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
needs of 20th century in architecture was to serve mankind with available sientific discoveries like electicity and materials like concreate and huge urban demand to shelter ,which turned up in skyscrapers and big urban edifices dependeble on elecrical energy..........wisdome of 21st century is percolating down for green bldgs...and neno technology along with information technology shall bring down travel time for work to practically zero and 24X7 eccess at far and wide through internet shall make globe a ONE entity ,where expectation from shelter and climate shall be very different from 20th centurery.....the lessons of last centurey happens to be constructive to me.....regards.
Dushyant Nathwani
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
To add to the discussion: it is a balancing act between implementing technology and the management of heritage. You cannot have new technology wiping out cultural identity through the built environment.

I firmly believe that we are becoming aware of our emissions through the construction industry. Whatever the figure may be for the current level of environmental pollution, how about we ask the question - what new forms of architectural design has advanced our knowledge on carbon neutrality by our lifestyle choices?
Tia Kansara
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
Tia, Humans as carbon-dioxide producers can never be "carbon neutral" until such time as our creation of plant life balances all of our carbon emissions including the need to exhale carbon-dioxide.
Frank John Snelling
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
*reduce/reuse and recycle methods of materials managment brings maximum sustainability of natural resources in any process or technology endeveour near to carbon neutrality. *regarding lifestle choices and architecture,i would prefer to say that passive climate control in bldgs.should be emphasised to reduce energy dependancy. *regarding technology and it's influence to bldgs. i would say that,like in principal of nature "survivel of the fitest",FIT will servive and rest shall self distruct. *regarding heritage,yes,adopted reuse can only make it sustaine. *i read somewhere that thae fundamental VALUES of natural resouses has been RECOGNISED in religion,art and literature on SOCIAL,ETHICAL,CULTURAL and ECONOMIC aspects,certainely they need to be RE-VALUED and updated in morden life style. *here again i would prefer to say that , i could say all these only because of CONSRUCTIVE approach taught to me in last qurter of 20th century by proffession of architecture................pls.continue....
Dushyant Nathwani
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
william ruckelshaus:,"nature provides a free launch,but only if we control our appetites.".......nice quote on enviorment day.
Dushyant Nathwani
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
You might read this and then decide:


Oscar Niemeyer - How I Work


"I feel that I have found a more efficient way to develop my projects, and I'm only too pleased to explain it.

Architecture is a very personal matter. Each architect develops it in a different way. Of Course, it is a complex subject, and team work is important, but in my view only in the development phase of the project.

To find the desired solution, one that is logical and unique, the architect needs to work alone. For me, each architect should have his or her own architecture.

I do not believe in an ideal architecture, one that is irreplaceable, but I do think there is such thing as good or bad architecture. I like Le Cobusier just as I like Mies, Picasso just as Matisse, Machado de Assis just as Eça de Queiroz.

In architecture I follow my own intuition. I do what I like, and not what others would like me to do. For that reason, I would never criticize my architecture colleagues.

I'have spent my live on the drawing board, but - I'll say it over and over - live is more important than architecture. That's why I tell youths that it is not enough for them to have been graduated as excellent architects. They should leave school also as people who have read a great deal and who are acquainted with the wretchedness of the world, thus knowing how to take a stand against such a state of affairs.

Hence my proposal to incorporate lectures on History, Philosophy, Literature, Cosmology, and so on, in the university, curricula, including that of architectural schools. For the sake of consistency, in my firm we all have weekly Philosophy and Cosmology classes.

We absolutely need to look at the sky and feel how insignificant we are - the offspring of nature, just as the animals of the earth, the sky and the oceans.

According to my work method, as outlined above, I'm the only architect in my firm. Alone in my office, I study undisturbed the projects that crop up. And this quiet seclusion, allows me better carry out my tasks as an architect, with enough time to slowly think them through. It's during these times that I find the answers I want. My hand... well, my hand is just a vehicle for transferring the solution onto paper.

My job is to find the architectural answer. Once I come up with one, I draw it and begin to write an explanatory text. And if on reading the text my arguments seem to be frail, I go back to the drawing board. That's how I test my ideas.

Once I've defined and drawn a solution (plans, cutaways, and so forth), I send my work to the architecture firms which are to develop it, keeping in close touch with me.

In this way, I have time for other activities, such as reading, seeing my friends... Together, having set work aside, my friends and I laugh and dream a bit, aware as we are of the frailty of things and of our small lives....."
Ben Huser
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
wow ,ben.....great, he worked for brazilia the capital of brazil,in first half 20th century.....liked his work and visited brazilia in 1980 to feel his wqork first hand...true his times were different.....try to go through the work of erick menhdelson,his vision and control of volume/mass and strong thumb nails done around 1930s, yet inspires me....i salute masters of 20th centure.....pls.continue.
Dushyant Nathwani
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
Dear Dushyant, great to know, that you visited Brasilia in the eighties.

I also like Erich Mendelson's works, very elegant.
Ben Huser
Most destructive profession of the 20th c.
a concious and well traveled and read gujarati indian righter c. baxi expressed ,"20th century was a twi-light zone of creative expressions and emotions." ......in context to architecture i shall add that even technology and embience/argonomics/energy as well habitat.
Dushyant Nathwani
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