The Evolution of Architecture

The Evolution of Architecture

We wrote about Scott Timberg’s article “The Architecture Meltdown” in our post “Modern Day Architecture“, but as popular as Scott’s article has been, the response from Thomas Fisher on Metropolis is getting just as many hits.  Where Timberg writes about the downfall of architecture, Thomas sees things through rose-colored glasses. We guess he’s more of a glass half full kind of guy.

Fisher’s article “Architecture for the Other 99%” takes a look at how the field of architecture  has evolved into something more with the rise of “public-interest design.” Fisher writes “While the traditional work of architects designing for fee-paying clients has declined and may, as Timberg observes, remain depressed for some time to come, non-traditional job opportunities for architects have never been better and while it may take some time for these markets to mature, they seem likely to grow much faster in the years to come.”

Fisher believes that there is hope for those who partner with NGOs, universities, foundations or government agencies. He sees architects “serving the needs of the billions of people on the planet living in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.”

In summary Fisher writes “There remains so much work for architects to do in the world that we should see the decline of traditional jobs not as a “meltdown” of architecture, but as the beginning of its rebirth.”

What do you think of these two perspectives?

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