Condominiums: A Social Experiment
Individually owned apartments are the main form of housing in many cities. The concept and the management structures that support it are frighteninly new, with untested implications that make this form of housing nothing less than an enormous social experiment. By Stephen Hynes.
Mess We Have Made
"The nation's built landscape no longer
differentiates between places. The "look of anywhere" prevails. If people
don't know and feel where they are, they don't know who they are." By Roberta Gratz and Norman Mintz.
To Be An Architect
Our future designers are being educated into the science of good design. What they are missing is an understanding of what uderlies this science, or the critical faculties to question its basic assumptions. By Arthur Erickson.
Arthur Erickson and Stephen Hynes talk
about the problems of development in Vancouver and other cities, and
how they work together to create architecture that promotes community.
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The Unknown Problem
reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing
left but quietism- robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting
to it." George Orwell
of government impose a very large cost on development. The substantial
array of fees and pronounced requirements is only the beginning. Complex
and changing rules, hidden "internal" policies of interpretation and a
bureaucracy that is so stunningly complex that it is incapable of meaningful
consistency cost far more. This freezes innovation, which carries the unpredictable
overhead of departing from tightly pre-defined pathways of approval, and
this lack of innovation carries substantial social costs.