Diamonds in the rough.
Originally posted by Diaspora
Thats exactly why Irish soccer is in a mess, too much coaching at a very young age prevents kids from developing their creativity vs the local coaches idea as to what creativity may be.
Similarly in Architecture or any academic field if too much theory is crammed in we lose the message. Which as in soccer comes from yourself or doesn't exist.
I was watching a very good programme about diamonds last night, that is a classic example of where the market is heavily regulated by De Beers, and the programme was all to do with artificial diamonds coming in at the bottom end of the market for around â‚¬4000 compared to the high end diamonds worth many more thousands.
That eventually the artificial diamonds may equal in terms of quality and may even surpass that of the real thing.
I think that the Architectural profession is a bit like De Beer's in this country, sure, they are entrusted
with the care of the 'concept' of architecture, but do not think for even one second they are always, in every possible situation and in every individual case, going to be the best 'parents' of architecture.
De Beer's put mega bucks into science to allow them to 'verify a real diamond'. So as not to 'flood' the market with fake diamonds.
In the same way, that most of the resources for architectural education in this country are mainly devoted towards 'verifying' the existence of a 'real architect'. As if you could just throw the average early 20 something into a litmus solution and watch the colour turn either oranage or blue.
That is what De Beer's are reduced to doing now, and so is the architectural education system here in Ireland. Yes diamonds that occur in nature are amazing, and the natural real thing will always be more sought after. Coming about through an amazing process of time and pressure and all sorts of conditions.
But the market for cheaper, artificial diamonds is there waiting to be exploiting, a different market to the market for real diamonds. As yet, no one in this country has shown any interest in this new market, for cheaper architects.
Architecture itself is not 'owned' by any profession at all. The concept itself is independent, while it did seem for a while that Man U owned soccer, that is simple not the case, when you get to the core of it.
In fact, the modern game of soccer as we know it today was something born out of the slums in places like Rio De Janiero.
On the subject of cars and Irish Architecture.
One of the best places I know, which explains this and you can experience it physically is Stillorgan centre and junction. It is just off the main Stillorgan dual carriageway and Kilmacud Road Upper comes into the junction, along with a couple of 'overflows' from the Stillorglan dual carriageway.
There is a couple of pubs, restaurants, banks, shops, cinema, shopping mall, surface car parking, Omni PLEX and so on. But the place is entirely useless because pedestrian were not anywhere considered in the whole equation. It is ALL
100 car in that case, how to drive your car, get out of it and shop.
It is easy to talk about density and 'mothers walking' to shops etc, but, it still doesn't work when you have a mess of traffic like that. It is one of the few places I know in Dublin city, where the cars literally 'keep driving' even though the 'green man' is turned on!!!!! and old ladies are tried to cross the road.
It is just so much hassle to get from the Omni PLEX to the cinema, to the shopping mall!!! Across all the lanes and traffic going in all directions.