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david illingworth

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  • Comment on: AJ Writing Prize: Alan Berman on what makes good architectural writing

    david illingworth's comment 27-Jun-2011 9:31 am

    As an outsider (engineer) I have to agree with Alan Berman about the use of language of some architects. I have tutored on architectural courses and have had projects described to me in a way that has left me none the wiser about any aspect of their function or how design decisions were made. It seems to be a form of intellectual bravado and one-upmanship that I luckily don’t have to get involved in. I think we should all aim to improve our vocabulary and try to use 1 word instead of 10 to describe an issue, but we (engineers included) must remain accessible. I was told at school, and believe this holds true now, that if you can’t describe something simply and succinctly then you don’t really know what you are talking about.

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