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Criticizing what you can’t criticize

Le Modulor

The architecture is a discipline that designs both small and everyday items, such as furniture components, and extremely large and complex structures dealt by planning.
Architecture is not an exact science, there aren’t scientific experiments or laboratory tests that indicate the right way to design.
During the construction work there might be another designer ready to ‘criticize’ our work because he says he knows a better way to projet.
Rarely it happens that who take charge of designing something is the same person who criticize harshly it, because he saw the difficulties encountered during implementation.
Necessarily you need a figure to judge from an external point of view as objectively as possible the architectural item.
In fact the architects’ world can be divided into two distinct roles as two sides of same coin: on one hand, the ‘designer’ that seeks to create something from nothing, despite many difficulties, on the other the ‘critical’, that retrospectively analyzes what has already been created.
How to design today comes from an old tradition, but in the future it will not be in this way. A day would be a designer who suddenly disrupts the “rules”. For exemple Le Corbusier with his ‘Five points of new architecture’ radically twisted the way to plan: he had the daring idea of using reinforced concrete for the buildings’ structure instead of the usual bearing masonry.

Villa Savoye

To be able to plan coul not “copy” the style of a master like many architects use as a secure foothold for a claim professional. The architecture is in harmony with its environment, with its limitations, its technical problems and the landscape. If not we would always have the same item, mass-produced in assembly lines, which go well both in the desert and in the Himalaian snowy peaks.
“Criticizing” it is equally difficult for an inexperienced designer that when he would try to criticize might run the risk to create a vicious cycle that only paralyzes any idea.
Many “Archistars” on the international scene are able to embody both figures, but their criticism born to learn from mistakes and to continually seeking the perfection of their architectural language.

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