The other day I came across Archidose
‘s s commentary on Unhappy Hipsters
, a blog which became an overnight sensation with its witty captions of Dwell
‘s images of modern spaces and seemingly depressed and lonely inhabitants. John’s musings were spot-on:
“Unhappy Hipsters make me wonder why a similar blog does not address the out-of-control formalism in architecture today, the because-we-can designs that seem to ignore some of the basic human, environmental and other concerns that architecture should address, all in the name of formal invention.”
“I think what is needed is something that addresses the things missing in architecture today, because it’s so easy to be wooed by pretty pictures — carefully composed and modified photographs or ever more realistic renderings — that gloss over a design’s shortcomings, especially when they’re accompanied by the architect’s own words… It’s harder and harder to determine what is successful without being able to visit a building in person.”
With this in mind, John proposes a spin on the Unhappy Hipsters’ caption-happy formula in his “usual unexciting tone”:
I felt compelled to share this because I have so often contemplated the same, and felt a frustration arising from 1) not being an architect myself, thus the whole “how-dare-me judge” thing, and 2) being unable to verify the architect’s press-release-style descriptions by experiencing it in person and/or conducting an exhaustive if-even-possible analysis of the project and its implications. A difficult task, but one that all bloggers should think about.
John, we hope you continue the series and look forward to your (hardly) unexciting, much-needed, straight-up commentary. Keep it real.