Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fix the architecture or the leaky windows?

One of the agile principles is to let -- or even encourage -- architecture emerge in its own time and in its own way from the work of the teams. The principle alleges good architecture will come about this way.

Perhaps, but too much risk for me. Good architecture comes from good architects, though they often miss the small stuff on the margin.

Frank Lloyd Wright was a brilliant American architect of the 20th century, but, in almost everything he did, the windows leaked.

The post-WW II suburban "bedroom" towns of the 1950's and 1960's were sprawls of cookie-cutter homes, efficiently built in just a few models that repeated on every street, void of any appealing architecture, and the windows never leaked.

And, so what do we make of this? Is there something actionable here?

Yes: there is a choice to be made, and with that choice an investment and a risk. The choice is whether to pay -- or not -- for good architecture, knowing that its quality is strategic, defining, and discriminating; knowing it will return value many times over.

But, at the same time, the risk is that we are going to have to fix the windows.

Many good architects may get too close to the edge of "it can't be built" as they reach for the discriminating design.

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect and interior designer who designed the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which is located on the city’s popular Fifth Avenue. Wright was acknowledged in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as being the greatest American architect of all time See:

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