All good designers are great at joining things together.
A classic example is the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the German Pavilion at Barcelona (1929) rather disappointingly alluded to by Kevin McCloud in a recent episode of the UK TV programme Grand Designs.
I say disappointing because the essence of the German Pavilion to me is how it connects spaces, whilst the building which was apparently inspired by the German Pavillion failed to make any significant achievements in this area.
But we’re not just talking about connecting spaces here, we are talking joints. Poor joints are where buildings go wrong, and good joints are what good design is all about.
As my modernist tutors taught me, the best way to connect two opposing elements is to insert something to mediate between them, and good architects do this with the Planning process. The client and the planning behemoth both get what they need, mediated through the design and negotiation of a good architect.
By inference, good architects should also be good at connecting people, or ‘Networking’. In essence networking is about working together to find areas of common interest and sharing these with others. Which is why I like working with property developers because I find it interesting, no inspiring, how they can see opportunities in these associations and make them happen.
This is the second of a short series looking in to what good architects can do for you. Read the first post here. If you’d like to suggest another topic in this series, please drop me a line.