Anyone can design a building someone hates. It takes a total lack of understanding to design a building; only a few people do not hate. Too often, architects produce buildings that suck the soul out of a neighborhood. The darling of architects is the skyscraper. As imposing as skyscrapers are, these giants do not a livable city make. A city is more than buildings designed to awe. A city that builds to cater to just the powerful and wealthy is seldom a livable city for the many. Our objective is to offer solutions that make cities incredible places for all, even if that means some chaos and disorder.
The majority of building constructed are a reflection of the culture that designed and builds. Modern buildings are large, bland, overpowering and sterile. They are designed not to encourage social interaction between unequal or share a common experience. Modern architecture destroys community and enforce regimentation and separation of social classes. Such designs foster social fragmentation, isolation and destroys social cohesion. Universities are the reflection of the mindset of those who set the norms and mores of society. The buildings they build reflect a sense of elitism, separation, aloft was and division. The buildings are sterile and designed not for the community or society as a unified body. The new structures built over the last 50 years reflect their self absorption and focus on their needs an wants and not those of neighborhoods or communities around them.
Le Corbusier as architect and urban planner is the poster child of how design can turn a city into a place people hate. His building have much in common with prisons and German flack towers. Corbusier views of pedestrian cities is made clear in his famous quite, ”We must kill the street!”