BusinessWeek’s Bruce Nussbaum has written one heck of an article about the state of Design today, entitled “Are Designers The Enemy Of Design?“. “Designers suck,” he says and he tells us why (Arrogance, Ignorance and Disregard for the Planet!).
One paragraph I particularily liked was about the arrogance of architects:
Letâ€™s talk about the arrogance of architects. When I began covering architecture a decade ago for Business Week, we launched an annual contest with Architectural Record. When we were about to publish pictures of the first winners, I looked at all the fancy architecture magazines. None had any pictures of people inside buildings. The buildings were all devoid of people. And most still are. We put people inside the spaces they inhabit. We inserted people into the conversation of their lives. Now, smart architects engage the masses in their designs. They hire firms who do social geography, showing how people really interact in organizations, not what their titles suggest. Informed with this information, they design spaces.
Designing WITH the people and not FOR the people is key to a the new, inclusive design thinking.
I highly recommend reading that article.
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