In a recent article in RIBA's Journal entitled "No stars in our eyes", Zoe Berman comments that graduate architectural students and many practicing architects "are keen to question the dominant commercial paradigm and the ‘architect as superstar’ typecast."
"There appears to be a backlash against the commercial tide among some students and young practices, who are recoiling from projects that as a priority seek to satisfy corporate end-goals. Students have a growing preference to immerse ourselves in work that is local, small scale and brief specific, which allows us to pursue our personal ideals as to what architecture should be."
Is this the case, and if it is, what do you think is preventing us from producing work that has 'larger' community value?
According to Zoe, the answer could lay in our education...,
"If, after three years’ study, we emerge with the ability to question rather than accept, debate rather than meekly receive, then our universities will have done their job. After all, architectural progress surely relies on our eagerness to challenge and to question. "
"We cannot practise architecture without having seen, smelt and touched much of it hands-on."
Personally could not agree more with Zoe... What do you think? Are we really seeing a backlash, is it the same everywhere?
Find this article: RIBA Journal, May 2008, "No stars in our eyes"