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Architects as power slaves
It is really sad and strange that famous architects became only tools to realize power people. Several cities around the world are witnessing building totally new forms of life as a direct consequence of the new buildings and urban design projects. Analyzing these buildings and spaces will easily show how the architects are only realizing dreams and wills of the power people rather than the real social needs. If squatter settlements are a terminology that we used in the past that identified poor and unhealthy built up areas. Today we can find fake social life in most of the new modern areas in the city. We need architects and architecture that can talk common people language not the elite language.
Hoshiar Nooraddin
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Architects as power slaves
I totally agree! Nowadays there are somewhat "fabricated communities" or "gated communities" that are the spawns of the Real Estate Industry. At least, that's what I see in Indonesia. The thing that comes close to being defined as "architecture that speaks common people language" are community housing (usually cheap apartments) that are sometimes just as bad as squatter settlements. Then again, it is us architects that must make a choice: to follow those in power, or speak the language of the common people?
Prananda Navitas
Architects as power slaves
not at least in india.
Dushyant Nathwani
Architects as power slaves
Gated communities are only one important sign of that but I mean much more than this. I mean when we study at the schools, the only architecture we learn is what can be built by rich people. When we start work for authorities we support all official plans, programs and goals. When we work at the offices we alays try get rich clients so we survive. Is architecture is basically power knowledge!!??
Hoshiar Nooraddin
Architects as power slaves
dear Hoshiar Nooraddin
interresting topic,
so as architects what do we really have as option to encounter such thing .
we are just charged ro make a design ,it's true that we prossess through a social analysis or to be honest ,"we have to" .
you know that money comes comes from government "politicians" that can't put full trust to a human reaction and proceed . they need to contole "more and more".
thanx
Mohammed Lamine
Architects as power slaves
Dear Friends,
I would like say that there is need for a comprehensive effort that can create a balance in this field. This change should start from education and expand to governmental and private sectors. This change should have one basic goal which is CREATING REAL & HONEST BALANCE between the interests of different sectors in the society.
Hoshiar Nooraddin
Architects as power slaves
as a student, my most respected ,loved and practising teacher architect ignited our souls by the statement that in practical field design only counted as 10% for success and 90% rest means contacts with powerfull people and decesion makers and all that come in play when we detail the project.
Dushyant Nathwani
Architects as power slaves
Hoshiar, okay so what you are saying is that most architecture is designed and built for people with money, influence and power. Therefore most architecture is not representative of neither the people nor the culture?

In a sense this is true because the boring monolithic slabs of glass and concrete that are supposed to be modern architecture are almost exclusively built for such people who appear to have no aesthetic sense whatsoever and designed by those who have no aesthetic sense either.

And gated communities are the modern equivalent of extended family houses grouped around a compound, although the people who live in gated communities are only related by being the newly rich and flashily affluent.
Frank John Snelling
Architects as power slaves
I believe it is the responsibility of the present young architects' generation to be brave and creative in facing and dealing with this issue in our society. The best way to solve this historical problem that has strong negative consequence in our present and future generations is by reforming our education systems, private practice and governments thinking and plans. Such large work cannot be done with real support from all related sector. Although such comprehensive work and action sounds not easy to realize yet I believe that there are large number of architects and people related to this field who really believe in such historical change
Hoshiar Nooraddin
Architects as power slaves
we have british architect like laueri baker , who decided to settel in india , study gandhi's concept of self sustainance and contribute more than 50 years of practising life for the common people of india ,hoshiar study him your quiest may be satisfied.
Dushyant Nathwani
Architects as power slaves
i couldnt agree more with Hoshiar. I think the problem really begins with the way we perceive architecture, or at least 'successful' architecture. There is major emphasis on what is institutionalised, modern, sophisticated of monumental proportions in our education. And now even before we enter arch school it is these 'successful' projects we dream of designing and becoming famous for. I dont thnk architects are necessarily puppets of those with power but that the ideals of the profession have been corrupted by the lure of the fame and power architects themselves enjoy by designing such buildings. It is our own want of power and renown that has corrupted the practice. Architecture is almost no more society-sensitive
Augustine Owusu-Ansah
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