CAN A BUILDING'S DESIGN BE CREATED THROUGH DIAGNOSIS OF A PROGRAM?

Staying with my Daddy in the hospital in August, I overheard an early morning conversation between two doctors… 

They saw their practice as thematic and developing ("those labs are SO last year") to reflect a distinctly individualistic approach to medicine.  To me, they sounded so much like architects wanting to develop a portfolio of related/thematic/recognizable buildings.

They may dress alike, but they are individuals!  Image courtesy of  Waldo Jaquith








But Western medicine type doctors don't focus on medical WELLNESS; they’re busy finding ways to treat illness… to do so, they have to DIAGNOSE THE ILLNESS first.   

Is there a correlation?  Is an architectural PROGRAM like an illness to be treated?  What would Dr. House say?



It seems as if most starchitects are after a portfolio theme that is largely aesthetic.  Perhaps themes should be more diagnostic... or maybe the analogy is simply an analogy and no more.

-ally


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