some may have noticed that things have been quiet here lately. a perfect storm of professional and personal obligations has left little time to keep subtilitas populated.
regrettably, the silence will continue until the week of april 7th or so, as i am taking a much needed couple of weeks off to drive across the country. posts might happen intermittently on my trip, but in the meantime please feel free to browse the archive (over 4 years and 5000 posts), explore the tags, or visit some posts at random.
readership has increased tremendously over the past year, so i owe a heartfelt thanks to all who visit and promote subtilitas, and an extended thank you to those who continue to write in your support, questions, suggestions, and offer criticism; it is always appreciated.
“Inequalities are not just an economic issue, they’re a cultural issue. The role that cities can play in creating or not creating those opportunities, it’s irreversible. If designed properly cities can be a great tool for the efficient amelioration of quality of life problems, they are a great shortcut for creating equality… If you make a mistake, it’s irreversible. If you screw it up, you screw it up for thousands of people, over multiple generations.”— Alejandro Aravena in a recent interview regarding his Elemental practice.
“…but then I was very disappointed at my profession as an architect, because we are not helping, we are not working for society, but we are working for privileged people, rich people, government, developers. They have money and power. Those are invisible. So they hire us to visualize their power and money by making monumental architecture. That is our profession, even historically it’s the same, even now we are doing the same… people need temporary housing, but there are no architects working there because we are too busy working for privileged people. So I thought, even as architects, we can be involved in the reconstruction of temporary housing. We can make it better. So that is why I started working in disaster areas.”—Shigeru Ban in his 2013 Ted Talk.