Benefits to the Builder?

Benefits to the Builder?

Postby Elaine O'Neill » Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:04 pm

What are the benefits, to the builder, of using an architect to design a housing scheme?
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Postby what? » Wed Nov 12, 2003 12:00 pm

what are the benifits, to a nurse, of using a doctor to perform open heart sugery?
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Postby sw101 » Wed Nov 12, 2003 3:20 pm

I'd suggest you compare the new housing being built in ballymun at the moment to the housing turds springing up across the country labelled "traditional" and "executive" by chancer developers. your answer is there
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Postby d_d_dallas » Wed Nov 12, 2003 3:33 pm

more cynically m-o-n-e-y

A well designed house can always command a better asking price if it stands out from the beige pebbledashed turds. Architecture isn't just designing a facade with pretty materials - it is the creation of space.
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Postby el architino » Wed Nov 12, 2003 4:31 pm

the main benefit to a meagre builder, of working for EL ARCHITINO is the immense prestige of working with a living demigod.
a downside of this arrangement is however, certain bankrupcey and possible death.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:00 am

Ahhh lads, help the journalist - its a chance for you to get a soundbite into the Irish Construction Industry Magazine....

even if you're not a practising architect yet, publicity is publicty...
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Postby Elaine O'Neill » Wed Nov 19, 2003 5:36 pm

Am I to assume from the lack of response in this issue, that architects are not interested in designing housing developments? So in that sense, are they actually needed? Or just an added extra?
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Postby PVC King » Wed Nov 19, 2003 6:01 pm

It depends if it is actually being designed
in which case you need an Architect to incorporate the structure into the surrounding area.

On the other hand if you building three bed semis at 16 to the acre why bother, investors who only look at rental income; will buy them anyway. So a set of standard plans can be signed off by engineers.

That is the greatest problem in Irish design there is little if any incentive to develop innovative solutions to site specific problems.
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Postby what? » Wed Nov 19, 2003 6:08 pm

to be serious i think architects can bring a lot to a housing scheme. off the top of my head,

with a wealth of information an architect should have amassed over his/her education
they can infinitely improve the quality of the development by capitalising on opportunities like aspect in relation to sunlight, community spaces, thresholds and semi private areas which are condusive to more successful social interaction and hence a better place to live.

by breaking away from the monotonous mould of mock country cottage, semi detatched housing that plauges dublin, a proper community identity can be created through individually designed homes which involve thought and address specific needs of future residents.

basically by not being so shortsighted, a developer can make a larger profit by building houses which are far better places to build for the same construction money, reaping a higher price by adding an element of thought out design. as opposed to repeatedly plonking the same building around the plot with no reference to anything
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