Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Architecture isn't always for the squeamish

  • Comment

While operations for bladder tumour removal and colonoscopy may make instructive Internet viewing, you download videos of cataract removal and hip resurfacing at your peril. 'Not for the squeamish,' you are warned in appropriately blood-red type, even the low-resolution versions.

Thus 25 medics tell it like it is on www.medicdirect.co.uk , a web site they have set up providing health information to the public and guides on healing yourself - from self-examination and a virtual body tour to your medicine chest.

The site is an interesting proposition, providing enough content to be useful and with security in numbers allowing the 25 to be more open, to tell it more like it is. So much better than 25 individual web sites that nobody visits. And if they did, a site would typically be only-good- news about what's on offer, as individual architect's sites are. If medicdirect promises well for the general practice of medicine, why not the same model for the general practice of architecture? Architects getting together to give realistic tastes of architectural services to non-expert clients can only be good for architecture in the long term. In extremis, being a client may not be for the squeamish. If architects don't tell it like it is, tv documentaries will.

Those who remember The Honeywood File, a diary of the daily tribulations of a gp architect, will be able to imagine an entertaining but more client- friendly version for today. Add to this examples of design, the range of possible services and prosaic stuff on contract, permissions, funding, timescales and more.

Such sites could work for designers focused on smaller client communities such as schools and gps themselves. Existing networks of architects might use the model too. Will we see the self-build architects building a self- image on the web or hear the virtual leaves rustling at Acanthus.

Barrie Evans is editor of www.ajplus.co.uk

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs