Questions for Architecture


There are a number of questions I have for architecture. And I say “architecture” as if I’m addressing a long familiar companion, because, well… I am, I guess.  Anyway, I have questions. Not important questions really. Like:

“Why does life have to be so cruel?”

Nothing that earth-shaking mind you. No. My questions are more along the lines of:

“Did you mean for me to align this with the rest of the toilet partitions? Because if you did, then the hand dryer is going to be off center. And I just wanted to make sure you understood that before I detail it, because the clients are waiting in the lobby.”

See? Not important questions really. Just trivial questions like:

Is this supposed to be off-center?

Will the added detail increase the cost?

Can this be recessed?

Is less really more?

Really? Because I thought it was less, I’m still confused. Maybe the absense of more implies less, which seems like more. Like when you eat the last piece of cake in the refrigerator and then blame it on your youngest child. Not that happened tonight, because there wasn’t any cake in the refrigerator tonight, and basically I blame this on Mies Van Der Rohe. Who Always gives me less cake. What gives Mies?

These are not important questions but they are questions. And, architecture is about questioning. So:

Why am I here? What am I doing?

You know, that kind of thing.

So, we ask our questions, and, then we just put some color on it and add a few trees, and BOOM! you have no idea what hit you. Because it’s all architecture and I’m all up in it.

So you best, Recognize.




Ok, Fine. I’ll admit it, I have no idea what I’m talking about. I’m not ashamed of that, well maybe I am, but that never stopped me before. Besides, sometimes the important questions are too hard:

Will I find love?

Is there time?

Am I gay?

Architecture has no answers for these. But architecture can answer other questions. Like:

Charcoal? or Grey?

Stainless? or Brushed Chrome?

And these are important questions right? Yes, yes they are.

And architecture has answered them all. And architecture is right. So do that thing that architecture said you should do and stop with the silly questions. Because architecture is getting tired of hearing your questions. Mainly because architecture isn’t listening.

And also, because of the cake.




that photo is from tomislavmedak’s photostream on flickr and has been used under the creative commons license.



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