Synthitect

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

AESTHETIC vs LOGISTIC

AESTHETIC vs LOGISTIC


Architects must educate clients
But, more importantly they're responsible for coordination. Some will argue, “this has, and always will be, the responsibility of the architect; to coordinate and synthesize teams and information”. In a traditional fashion; yes. Except, master-builders and architects of generations-past did not share and collaborate with trades and other disciplines like they do today. It’s becoming a different practice, in the literal sense of the term. It’s a method-of-production that’s been enabled by recent technologies; and there doesn't seem to be a good school-of-thought to host this new method-of-production; this new practice. This is where the term Synthitecture is born.

There's a relevant article in this month’s issue of ARCHITECT magazine. The article discusses future direction for the architectural discipline, suggesting its guidance by the generation of Millennials. There’s much talk about a complete overhaul of the discipline. How our schools operate, what they teach, how to incorporate IDP [Intern Development Program] into a schools curriculum, sitting for the ARE [Architectural Registration Exam] immediately after graduation; students are becoming interested in an emphasis on coordination and collaboration rather than developing styles of design; There's been a request for more professional practice courses and students are interested in community-based design-builds as studio projects in order to get real-world experience. These ideas suggest a shift of focus and prioritization, away from appearance and towards performance.

Architectural design is dead
What's born in its place is systems design, business-plan design, coordination design, collaboration design. This shift is consistent with the idea that software design is becoming more essential than design-style. How systems operate is becoming more important to people that the way something appears. Maybe, our filter for criticizing good aesthetic design has matured into a more proactive analysis of functionality. In a culture where people are expected to be less judgmental, less critical, & more accepting is it surprising that design-focus may be shifting to a characteristic that can be analyzed more logistically?

That's a bold statement. I will research evidence that can support that position. Stay tuned...