Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Architecture Writing

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Metrozoe opens the annual nominations for the worst in architecture speak and plain bad writing with the following entry:

"We conceive and describe appropriate built spaces at different scales, learn processes to bring buildings into place, and understand the consequences these have for inhabitants, society, and the environment."

This is the UC Berkeley Department of Architecture's statement of purpose on their home page.

Why do architects write so poorly? Do we think that sentences are like buildings and so people won't mind going back and forth through them trying to find the message?

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