Buildings that suck

I have been watching Sketches of Frank Gehry in a piecemeal fashion over the last two weeks (kids, in-laws, Christmas, etc.). Despite what you think of Gehry or his buildings, you have to admire the process that a true architect goes through to create a new building idea.

As Bob Geldof says in the film, quoting Auberon Waugh: “If you ever meet an architect at a party, you should punch him in the face”.

I work in a building that sucks. As Kathy Sierra states: “I want a space that matches my enthusiasm”. This space drains me. And when I look around me, I have no hope for any of the other buildings out here in suburban hell.

How can an architect reach the point where generic is good enough? Where looking the same is the best that can be done?

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