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Fire the Architects!

Good news everyone! We can fire the architects! That much-hated subset of humanity who have inflicted banality and cheap unpleasantness on the rest of us for nearly a century can finally be chucked into the dustbin of history. As Nikos Salingaros reports in The Critic, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revealing what experts deny, exposing the stubborn ignorance of the architectural profession. Basically, humans don’t …

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A Scale of Beauty

After decades of being ignored, the concept of beauty, as understood by the non-architect, has recently been making a comeback in architecture, not so much in the practice itself, as in appeals for design solutions that are more human-centered and not dictated by abstract principles. Architectural beauty needs to be evaluated from its effects on human health. This study discusses …

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Symmetry in Architecture: Reassessment

The topic of symmetry continues to be a dynamic and fruitful one in many fields—but architecture is not one of them. Indeed, as we have seen, architecture as a profession continues to be dominated by a school of thought that is charitably described as an obsolete relic of an earlier and more elementary industrial age. A more critical view is …

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Architecture for Architects

Is there a ‘design disconnect’ between the architecture that most architects prefer and the architecture that most non-designers prefer? Francisco Contreras Chávez | CTI, Concepción, ChileDavid Milner2 | Create Streets, London, United Kingdom This article reviews existing literature on the ‘design disconnect’ that appears to exist between architects and the general public. It examines sociological research undertaken in Concepción, Chile into the aesthetic tastes of …