Why modern architects are so untalented.
Leonardo-Vitruvian Man |human harmony…..Le Corbusier-The Modulor | aesthetic dissonance
A dull ugliness of our cities accompanied by boring blocks of repetitive buildings, unfriendly monotonous streets, hideous facades reminding of militarized camps – all that is a result of incompetent and mindless work of modern architects. The problem is that “specialists” who are today responsible for design of our homes and harmony of our environment have absolutely nothing unique that separates an Architect from the crowd of ordinary people.
Modern “specialists” cannot draft or paint professionally as Renaissance architects; they don’t possess any deep knowledge of geometry or math as Antique Greeks, they don’t have any grandeur vision and courage as Roman masters. Actually those so called “architects” (and I am talking about an overwhelming majority of architectural professionals) have no exceptional qualities or exclusive abilities whatsoever.
All they have is a bizarre document called license, a meaningless piece of paper provided by bureaucratic associations. That document gives them a right to carry proudly a “Title of Architect”. The Title does not make them real Architects though.
Instead of designing nice houses and friendly places the only purpose of those “architects” equipped by the license is to conduct a business. In accordance with the documents of their ludicrous professional associations it is officially called a “business of architecture”. Can you imagine: “business of music” or “business of painting”? Of course there’s a show-business or art-dealers, but those have nothing to do with the artists, musicians themselves… Those are industries around the talented individuals, using and often exploiting the talents.
While in architects’ case – architects have sold their souls to the devil directly, with no commissioners.
I bet you, that Michelangelo Buonarroti, being not so well-educated fellow, could not be able to pass exams and to obtain the license. Filippo Brunelleschi, as a former goldsmith, wouldn’t be very successful in conducting business of architecture. Those immortal geniuses defining architectural harmony and building science for centuries nowadays would not have a chance to become architects in our ugly le-corbusian society.
Let’s cut the bullshit, modern architects are not creative souls or passionate intellectuals looking for golden ratio or universal harmony in School of Athens debate. Mostly they are a bunch of low-level manufacturers, mundane people, which are very far from any creative impulses not to mention a Divine intervention. They don’t care about aesthetic sensitivity. They are barely able to produce a straight line, leave alone to draw a fine-looking sketch or a charming illustration for some fresh idea. For Christ sake even their handwriting sucks!
(O, yeah!…sure I mean Him – the Father of modern architecture Le Corbusier, who’s often referred as Corbu. Well, can you think of somebody calling Michelangelo Buonarroti – Micky?)
Michelangelo | artistic sketch 1540……Corbu | artistic (?) sketch 1950
Let’s take a look at the standard career path of an average modern architect. First, as young specialists, architects have to work their ass off for ridiculously low salary; they study for years through the tons of idiotic obsolete materials in order to obtain their professionally meaningless but bureaucratically necessary license. Then the most aggressive would open private practices, and so they become obsessed with making money. As owners, most of their time they dedicate to endless chase for clients. They hurry to produce numerous depthless proposals and to satisfy any of customers’ absurd wishes. Modern architects would also fervently learn how to overcome bulky bureaucratic barriers in order to get approvals from corrupted authorities for their pathetically banal projects. As a matter of fact, today’s architects-businessmen manage a pretty miserable professional life.
They don’t have time for a search for beauty, proportions and symmetry! They are not enthusiastically looking for harmony! Words such as “aesthetics”, “art” are excluded from the lexicon of 21-st century architects; replaced with “professional” terms such as “General Leasable Areas” or “efficiency ratio”.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise as we observe the evolution (or rather a degradation) of architectural profession in the last 100 years or so. Since medieval times Architect, Lawyer and Doctor were the most prestigious and outstanding professional occupation, as the experts in those fields were highly respected by the society not only for being extremely knowledgeable individuals but for possessing unique skills. Those skills were mystique. Those skills affiliated with profession along with encyclopedic knowledge were exclusive, essential and yet unobtainable by ordinary mortals. Doctors were Live Savers, Lawyers were Men of Law, Architects were Creators.
Architects could do things. And they did. They provided people not only with housing, but they defined society’s norms of aesthetics and principles of harmony…
And what can modern architects do?
Let’s stop here for a moment. We will discuss this in the next post. (Here >> I warn you! It’s very provocative.)
However it is clear that architects do not deliver proper job to the modern society. And our depressing environment and uncomfortable buildings are logical consequences of this.