I am not sure whether I have recently mentioned Archibot at www. archibot. com. It is a news beacon for topics interesting to architecture students. The thing that catches your eye on the home page is the big ad for consolidating student loans. So, here is something to pass on to parents of any architecture student .
Uh, then you realise that it's a US site and in that country architecture students can build up debts of more than $100,000 by the time they finish.
Why so much? Archibot links you to a story at www. cnn. com about how US universities have to lay on the recreation facilities to attract students.
The modest $45 million recreation complex at Georgia Tech, 'will be about the size of a basketball colosseum (sic) and includes a pool with a water slide, hot tub and sun deck'.Kim Scott, director of campus recreation at Baylor University, is reported as saying: 'We have a 52-foot climbing wall, so they [prospective students] are thinking, 'Now, this is a place I want to come to.'' Sun decks, water slides and magnetic 52 foot climbing walls - no wonder US student fees/loans are so astronomical.
It could not happen here, of course, although heads at quite a lot of UK architecture schools will find difficult artificial rock faces have a certain resonance.South Bank could install water slides to facilitate the smooth exit of the poor saps it appoints as professors.
Archibot has this fave building section: the HotOrNot Architecture Ratings (Public).How the top (and bottom) 10 are arrived at seems to be akin to Brownian motion. If the 'go rate for yourself 'section is anything to go by, it is actually totally inexplicable.
Aalto, Archigram, the Eameses, Bucky and Rem Koolhaas were the top five when I surfed there.Sounds reasonable.
Until you discover that the bottom five are Frank Gehry, Zaha, Shin Takamatsu, Greg Lynn and Raphael Viñoly. See what I mean about inexplicable.