Re: Isn’t It Our Job After All?

The beauty and joy of design rests very much in the statement that joh07370 made in the post “When though do we, as designers, take the clients needs and begin to warp them into a design that we feel will produce the better result? After all, isn’t that our job in the end?”

The design profession is one of few career paths in which you actively control the outcome of the product in nearly every stage of it. Doctors can’t say that. If a patient comes in with a defective heart you cannot tell them that you want to do a liver transplant just because you enjoy those more. Lawyers can’t claim it either. If a client comes to them and needs legal advice after they committed a murder, a lawyer cannot change the fact that his/her client killed someone. Professional designers make money by devising solutions to their client’s problems through their own perception of beauty, efficiency, and reason.

This freedom is not always respected nor always appreciated. Creating new design takes progression and experimentation; two words that sound like nails on a chalk board to a lot of the population. Most people would argue the old saying ‘why fix it, if it isn’t broken?’. This is where architecture defies standard and tradition. The Centre Pompidou exhibits this in every respect in that industrialism was seen as something reserved for factories and had never been thought of in the light of an artistic functional commercial space.

As joh07370 noted many people opposed the structure originally stating such opinion as “a ridiculous design that should never be built within its site context.”. To reiterate the blog author’s statement it is the job of designers to warp design to produce a better result. If this never occurred essentially we would be stuck with the same type of building for centuries. Could you imagine New York City or Chicago with log office buildings instead of skyscrapers?

Design creates the progression needed to improve society.


1. joh07370. Isn’t It our Job After All? Arch 3150 Architecture in Transformation. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 4 December 2012. Blog


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