You try and get some work done for a couple of hours . . .
foremanjoe wrote:Could you explain what you understand 'integrity' to mean in relation to architectural practice, gunter?
CK wrote:Integrity is a moral or ethycal quality which is not related to knowledge or study... It is not related to skills or qualification...
foremanjoe wrote:Don't go offering gunter a route out of it CK, I want a relatively direct answer to my relatively direct question.
First off, that was a quick reply, didn't have time to reflect on it, was late for a meeting. Secondly I probably should have used the phrase 'architectural integrity', not just 'integrity'.
That's all the excuses I'm going to make. If I'm going to have to start explaining what integrity is, there's probably no point in even having this conversation.
For what it's worth, I see everything in a historical perspective, I've tried looking into the future and it doesn't work for me, all the pages are blank, I'm not getting any clues.
Taking this approach, if you look at architecture in a historical perspective, it can be quite easy to see the path of progress in any given phase. Even in quite short time segments, we can see how one architect developed what he observed another architect do, or what he had done himself in an earlier project. It reads as a kind of collective will to make incremental advances, raise the bar, and cliches to that effect. Sometimes the architect has gone back in order to go forwards and inevtably there are periods of confusion, even regression, but usually we can still read in the record the desire to do better.
To me that's architectural integrity, just knowing enough to know we share some common purpose, that we're trying to represent our era to the best of our ability and that we're trying to lead our clients through a process in which we have far more expertise than they do.
Coming back to the 'dormer bungalow' analogy, this is where it's just not good enough to give some guy a dormer bungalow even if that's what he's asking for and even if you know the planning office will cheerfully wave it through. You only have to look at the Irish countryside to know that it doesn't have architectural integrity, it neither responds to the vernacular building traditions, nor reflects contemporary strands in architectural development.
This is getting long-winded, we let wearnicehats to chuck in a few insults and we'll continue this later