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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even if you're not a practising architect yet, publicity is publicty...
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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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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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