Comment 79025

By Mahesh_P_Butani (registered) - website | Posted June 30, 2012 at 13:17:50 in reply to Comment 79016

Does it really matter who the architect is?

When our collective sensibilities are so screwed up as to not know the difference between what is right and what is wrong, does getting to know the name of an architect help the issue which is that of a deeper cultural failure, and that of our reluctance to recognize this locally?

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Such design banalities are actually licensed by the province and the architects association, and legitimized by clients like McMaster - who perversely enough have an art museum and even an art history degree to offer to the world. What do you think they are really teaching there?

Looking at this rendering, in all probability, it looks like the work of the same firm that has been responsible for the slew of cookie cutter school boxes that have been littered across the city. Does such knowledge help us in stopping such buildings from being erected?

The arrogance and the conceit of the local media, education & health industry power structure is what is the cause of such cultural failures. Their refusal to recognize their limitations in design matters is what drives such deviant architecture.

If they were to recognize their handicap, they would reach out to international designers, and call for a design competition - like all self-respecting cities do, in order to tap into a much broader pool of design talent.

But for that to happen they would first have to recognize that the money they are spending for such buildings is not their own, but for the most part that of the tax-payers. However, we all know that their sense of entitlement is what will continue to shape our city for years.

Mahesh P. Butani

Comment edited by Mahesh_P_Butani on 2012-06-30 13:29:35

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