Heathcliff Huxtable's comments
Fire this nonsense architect. 6 days a week 11am to midnight and no pay? Hahah it's laughable. This is 100% slavery and ruins the profession for everyone. If the Japanese find this acceptable, then let them enjoy their wild rates of depression, self-seclusion, and mental disorders, and ban them from practicing in the UK.
As for the RIBA's response, it's the sort of tepid luke-warm response you'd expect from them. How about doing something about this problem instead of just advising students to avoid unpaid internships?
To add to what I said above - this is precisely the purpose of unions. The very reason for their existence. Architects are stuck in the mindset of the 50s where they all see themselves as the artist-master of the worksite, when in reality they're earning less than people flipping burgers and brickies and working enormous amounts of overtime. We are not masters of anything, we are exploited employees. Except unlike the brickie or burger flipper, we aren't smart enough to leave on time and think ourselves deeply heroic when doing all-nighters for competitions with no hope of remuneration
Forget the RIBA. Join a union. The RIBA cares about Norman, not you.
I'm a registered architect and I actually agree with him that architects are brainwashed through the education system into worshipping at the teat of Corbusier. You are slowly taught that ornament is sinful and that modernism is good and proper.
But all these articles miss the biggest factor in all of this - developers. Developers want cheap and quick. So architects design modernist shoeboxes. If developers paid for corinthian columns and high ceilings and bespoke statues and art then architects would design that. The real enemy of beauty in architecture is the ceaseless drive for shareholder dividends, the profit motive of the developer.
Phil Parker - look at all these millennials walking around like they rent the place!
The boomers benefited from free education, low competition, a booming economy, dirt cheap housing - and then they lecture us about entitlement as they saddled the country with debt, ruined the planet with their greedy short-sighted way of life, and created The Great Recession for us to deal with
And the funniest thing about this lazy complaint about millenials, is that the baby-boomers raised us and can't stop whingeing about us, because they can't take responsibility for anything. We're called 'The Lost Generation' and 'Generation Rent' while we hear constant whingeing from boomers as they vote to protect their benefits and saddle us with more austerity
Wonder how many £ that is per hour of overtime worked by each junior member of staff.
The corporate culture puts immense pressure on young architects and architectural assistants earning 30-40k to slave away extra hours each night. The company makes a huge profit. The partners split that profit. Rinse. Repeat. Every now and then discard the used-up husks of burned out architects and replace with fresh meat.
This is just one of the many reasons that architects need to join a union. Forget the RIBA. Most cannot just resign casually when offended. Join a union and collectively fight for these rights or resign and be replaced by someone younger with fewer commitments who will resign when it's their turn to have babies.
How on earth is this arts and crafts? It looks sterile enough for surgery to be performed in it. You can't just say that you've been inspired by arts and crafts, you have to actually, you know, design something that isn't modernist in every way. The lines are so clean and straight you'd get a papercut just walking up the stairs.
It's a lovely house. But arts and crafts it ain't.
Schumacher gets abuse instead of reasoned argument because his opinions are childish. There's a minimum threshold of stupidity that needs to be met before people become bothered enough to engage in reasoned argument, and rebutting Schumacher's panegyric to a subject he doesn't understand requires such herculean efforts that it's not worth it. As an architect who studied economics before switching careers, Schumacher has the blind faith in capitalism that can only be sustained by a total ignorance of it, and his usage of terms like 'socialism' shows that he hasn't even bothered to read the wikipedia page on what socialism is. The man should be assigned a reading list for homework and then completely ignored.
Schumacher is so manifestly, tangibly idiotic that I get the same feeling listening to him that I used to get listening to George Bush.
Like how did this imbecile get so much power?
It's like listening to a 15 year old's thoughts on economics. MOAR CAPITALISM GUYZ!