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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What If? and Getting Out of Tomorrow's Way


We get a bunch of different magazines in the office throughout the month.  Architecture Boston is not normally one that I pick up and read but this months issue had a really cool cover.  So I took a look.  There was a series of essays titled "What If?".  The premise of the collection is to envision what the future of architecture and design will be...

Feel free to read all of the essays but one really struck a chord with me.  The last essay, "Getting out of tomorrow's way", illustrated a refreshing perspective.  The author, Chris Luebkeman, analyzes the "20-year-olds" of Arup and compares them to his generation within the firm.  Chris then throws in this little gem:

"Pearl S. Buck said, “The young don’t know enough to be prudent and therefore they attempt the impossible — and achieve it, generation after generation.” We need to get out of their way so that our next generation can indeed do the impossible..."

I found this to be so interesting and thought provoking.  I started to think about who or what could be in my way...

Who or what is in your way?  Requirements of authorities having jurisdiction?  Senior members of the firm who will not evolve their process?  Teacher's that don't embrace technology?

(In perfect timing, Uncle Phil spoke about the future of BIM at a recent NYC RUG meeting.  Check it out!)