What We Design vs. Where We Design

One of the most frequently shared images among architecture students and young professionals on social media is intended as a wry joke, but its satirical edge runs painfully close to reality. On the left side, a crisp, clean abode forms a pristine ode to Minimalism that every architect dreams of designing. On the right, a chaotic explosion of architectural equipment, models and drawings signifies the irony of creative professionals everywhere — while we strive for spatial clarity of the highest order, we can’t help but leave a trail of creative detritus in our wake. Via The Angry Architect This meme is highly relatable, as evidenced by the number of shares and comments each time it is posted on Facebook. There are countless reactions to the dual image; the comments section is peppered with exclamations of “this is me!”, “this is our studio!” and “my place looks just like this!” Of course, those commenters are talking about the cluttered right-hand room, strewn with cardboard, balsa wood and rolls of trace. Meanwhile, the places represented by the left-hand image — those architects design and visualize — are frequently rendered spotless to the point of absurdity. Architects and interior ...
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