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“When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead…” — Grace Slick

Posted in Archiabsurd with tags , , , , , , on 01/06/2011 by Archiminister

Prior to The Great Recession of 2008, I was under the impression that people who recruit for licensed professions actually understand those professions.  I was wrong.  Very wrong.

Now I will find Architects to design buildings for Dinosaurs!  Rawwwr!

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A Lot of BIM-Washing Going On.

Posted in Archiabsurd with tags , , , , , , , , on 29/05/2011 by Archiminister

Since I started working in the Architecture profession upon graduation in 1991 – I have been told of AT LEAST 4 software that were going to “revolutionize” the Architecture industry and that, “Anyone who does not learn these will become, obsolete.”   The first time it happened, people rushed-out to get trained, to ‘wisely’ follow the advice of the people telling them to do so.   At that time, I believe the product was called, “CADVANCE”.  Everyone paid for the training and some firms – not wanting to get, “left-behind” – bought a copy for every work station in their firm.  The same trend continued into the future with the the next software and the next, and the next…. after-that, however, people quickly caught on that, “Wait a minute…the people telling us that we will become obsolete unless we learn these software packages, just happen to be the manufacturer of the software!”  Eureka! Coincidence or something more?  

“I am not kidding this time – you had better learn BIM, or else…..” Continue reading

“Choices are the hinges of destiny.” — Pythagoras

Posted in Archiabsurd, Religion with tags , , , on 08/11/2009 by Archiminister

There is a really strange phenomena that I have seen happen twice in my career but my last exposure to it was, no doubt, the most profoundly bizarre—to date—and eclipsed all previous experiences.  It goes like this: Architecture firm hires a person who claims that he is a, “Marketing Genius”.   To all observers who do not have  love-goggles nor beer-goggles on, it is very obvious that this is a ruse.

“Listen PAL, I can bring in work for yoose and yer dere firm, jus’ like I have done all over da world. In fact, I ran my own firm for many years…ya..ya….very successful firm…I am not doing it anymore you see because I made all of my money, now, I want to help yer firm prosper. Hire me and den my best friend and da skize da limit, baby! And if anyone catches on, it’s out da door for dem, baby!”

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“Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last”–Chinese Proverb

Posted in Archiabsurd with tags , , , , , , , on 21/09/2009 by Archiminister

It is so annoying when I hear people—in the profession—speak of Architecture in the following terms, trying to explain away the issues related to the profession that are, typically, self-induced.  Many of these issues are right there in front of  them, yet, they are somehow just out of grasp.


 “I just do not understand why other professionals do not have to deal with some of these issues?”

They sometimes make statements, such as:

1. “It is a profession, but it is not like Law or Medicine..Not as high paying…not for all the school required.”

You are correct, it is not  like Law or Medicine, BECAUSE, Lawyers and Doctors have standards that they set, Continue reading

“The opposite of courage in a society is not cowardice, it is conformity.” — R. May

Posted in Archiabsurd with tags , , , , , on 05/07/2009 by Archiminister

We all are aware of the current economic situation in the United States and globally, for that matter.  If you are not aware of this then you either have been in an ICU ward—in a coma—or are wholly, unaware of life and the world around you or maybe you are in some type of denial.  It is disturbing to see and hear the things that taking place in the corporate world.  Employers are using these depressed economic times to take advantage of the employees they still have and to invade every inch of a prospective employee’s personal life.  Like the old saying goes, people can only do to you what you allow them to do. Continue reading

Liquid Architecture. “This is one of the disadvantages of drink: It makes a man mistake words for thought.”– Samuel Johnson

Posted in Archiabsurd with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 16/06/2009 by Archiminister
One blustery afternoon, Christopher Robin, errr, I mean my Project Manager–ummm…no, no, not the Project Manager’s, Project Manager and not the assistant to the assistant Project Manager’s-manager, nor, the friend that was brought in to also, project manage the assistant to the Assistant Project Manager’ Manager, not any of these, but, MY MAIN, project manager, the top dog, the head-honcho, el Capitan.  I just wanted to be clear as to which Project
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“None of the gods love wisdom nor desire to become wise, for they are wise already…” — Plato

Posted in Archiabsurd with tags , , , , on 09/06/2009 by Archiminister

“None of the gods love wisdom nor desire to become wise, for they are wise already — nor if someone else is wise, do they love wisdom. Neither do the ignorant love wisdom or desire to become wise; for this is the grievous thing about ignorance, that those who are neither good nor beautiful nor sensible think they are good enough, and do not desire that which they do not think they are lacking.” –Plato, Symposium 203E-204A

Illusion of superiority : Unskilled and unaware. Continue reading