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Dog-eat-dog cultures don't foster corruption. The proximity of a sizable group of intelligent, powerful, and wealthy people to an even more sizable group of dumb, hopelessly powerless, and poor people does. The relationship between countries in Europe and their corruption shows a pretty straightforward relationship between the lack of corruption in Northern/Western Europe and their small, broadly well-educated, and ethnically-homogenous populations while the most corrupt...
Of the 5 or 6 most desirable NYC neighborhoods to live in from my perspective, probably at least 4 are in Brooklyn. Only one or two hoods in Manhattan have an adequate absence of architectural ugliness, noise, and garbage of both human and disposable varieties. I'd consider those to be Tribeca and the West Village, with the UWS not far behind. But even Chelsea and the UES and other expensive neighborhoods are littered with stuff ranging from "Bleh" to "Dear God, why."But...
The hope of an incorruptible bureaucracy springs eternal.
It's fine to accept licensing in the abstract, but as seen in the case of the AMA, what more effective obstacle is there to reducing accessible healthcare than a medical trade organization that purposely restricts the number of doctors through onerous certification standards in order to secure a greater stranglehold on healthcare delivery? If it takes 8 years and $200k in student loans to find the authority to diagnose diabetes, who could expect access to quality to...
I'm convinced that all these efforts in bueracrasy and diplomacy over the trade are significant obstacles to the accessibility of good design. It may not be the ARB's authority to dictate the built environment, but there is a reason that forms of soft power and media relations are a tool in their best interest. It's because it's effective. There's significant weight and authority to forms of establishment due to the perception of their exclusiveness, and nipping around the...
Are we looking at the same contemporary architecture? Because the quality of architecture right now could hardly be lower. 95% of the buildings here in New York that pre-date WWII are of better architectural quality than than nearly all buildings since. Come join me for a site visit. I spend about six hours a week walking around and just looking at this shit.And no, this has nothing to do with me not being licensed. As mentioned, it's only necessary these days as a...
This is demonstrably false, as many with a thorough understanding of the building code realize, which more-or-less prohibits many traditional forms of construction, and thus styles. The process involves the endorsement of the architects' unions and construction materials industries in the building codes writing process, which are lobbied with using licensing and retention fees.. In short, architects and material suppliers have a vast financial interest in making it as...
This place is awful, and it's run by truly awful people.I say that based on lots of experience, because I used to live on Ludlow and spent quite a bit of time there. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
You're an architect if you plan and design buildings. It's not the moral responsibility of a person whose life is spent doing exactly that to conform to their legal jurisdiction's ex post facto qualifications of the historical term before they describe their profession. The precedence for architect being a generalized term to describe a designer is too significant to simply let a British bureaucracy appropriate for their own petty designation, especially as they throw up...
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