Do architects really want to listen to what people want?

We’ve taught generations of architects to speak out as artists, but we haven’t taught them how to listen. This is a line from a recent New York Times op-ed that has been making the rounds online called: How to Rebuild Architecture . The premise of the article is that architects have marginalized themselves by being pompous elitists who increasingly serve only the rich and don’t respond to public opinion about architecture. For too long, our profession has flatly dismissed the general public’s take on our work, even as we talk about making that work more relevant with worthy ideas like sustainability, smart growth and “resilience planning.” The author’s recommendation is that architects need to get better at listening to their clients and listening to the public. Reconnecting architecture with its users — rediscovering the radical middle, where we meet, listen and truly col...

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