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Democratizing Architecture vs. Aesthetic Apartheid Architecture

June 22, 2022 Duo Dickinson 0

Architecture has long been a profession in aesthetic apartheid. The profession’s favored aesthetic, Modernism, has relegated all other “styles” to marginalized insignificance in laud, teaching and publication. The last generation has seen those following an aesthetic deemed “traditional” create an entirely separate system of schools, awards and publication.

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What Is Aesthetics?

May 18, 2022 Duo Dickinson 0

Humans try very hard to make the inexplicable understood. Our spirituality becomes religion. Fairness becomes law. And what delights us becomes aesthetics, and aesthetics are dumbed down to “style” in fine arts and architecture. The description, then definition, of aesthetics enables us to judge, and hopefully, control what thrills us: “Styles may change, details may come and go, but the broad demands of aesthetic judgement are permanent”. — Roger Scruton

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The Future of Visualization May Be The Past

April 20, 2022 Duo Dickinson 0

We deal with buildings every day. We sleep in them, work in them, live our lives using their accommodation. But like a song or a painting, a person usually helps create them, with those who use and build them, then the world receives that work. But before they are built, buildings are just ideas.

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“Net Zero” Homes: Marketing Morality

March 16, 2022 Duo Dickinson 0

Almost no one buys an automobile for its stated price with cash on hand, so those looking to buy a car look to what the cost will be each month to own their automobile. Homes are our deepest investment, and most homeowners are equally as proud of their home as they are of their car and are terrified of its cost. So it is not surprising that “Net Zero” homes use the same sales tactic, proving their value by promising no monthly energy bills.

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A 2021 Moment In Architecture That May Define The Future

December 14, 2021 Duo Dickinson 0

Some years end up being cultural pivot points. 2021 was one such year, with COVID-19 as the first existential threat to our culture since World War II. Architecture will change as a result, and may evolve in public perception to value motivations as a criteria for understanding it, versus valuing outcomes as the validation of any particular aesthetic.

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The End of Editors: The New Practice of The Self-Promoting Architect

November 17, 2021 Duo Dickinson 0

When the 2008 Great Recession destroyed advertising revenue for all of publishing and limited the cash that architects had for PR and photographers, the established way of promoting architects and architecture was brutally compromised. That same moment saw the instant availability of smartphones, with insanely good cameras, huge memory, and soon 5G transmission. Those technological revolutions turned graphic duffers into artists. Anyone can now photo, video, and narrate any perception anywhere, instantly, free – and share universally. The cliché of saying that the internet “everything changed” is true in how the world sees architecture.