Architecture. Grad School. The State of the Profession. Field Trips. Agony. Ecstasy. Life. Etc.

Architecture Addiction, The Official Blog of

unSchool of Architecture
suggested reading/bookstore
other blogs I like
my portfolio
fieldtrips & workshops*
categories | archives | search
contact | rss

American craftsmanship threatened by mindless consumerism
by Katy Purviance on 12/05/10 @ 02:41:14 pm
Categories: Articles | 275 words | 1363 views

I just read this article called “American craftsmanship threatened by mindless consumerism” by Richard O. Byrne. I thought you might like it.

Why is it that Germany can sell vastly superior wood-working tools by the boatload in the United States? It’s their quality. The same is true of German autos and many other products that leave ol’ Jim Bob’s load of junk unsold in the back of his pick-up. If you want to close the trade deficit, make things people want to buy. And at the same time educate the consumer here and abroad as connoisseurs of the possibilities at hand.

Some new schools have accepted the challenge. In Charleston, the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) has taken on the challenge as have other schools such as the North Bennet Street School in Boston. ACBA is the first in the nation to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees in blacksmithing, timber framing, carpentry, plastering, stone work and masonry.

It’s new and has birthing pains. It stumbles on trembling legs and it has many young people who have placed their trust in ACBA’s hands. But saying all this, one cannot say it is not alive. As a nation we are its parents charged with bringing this child to adulthood. Nobody can claim children will raise themselves, or that the task of this parenthood will be painless.

It is our task to plant the seed of a vibrant visual future this country so badly needs and to say of the Industrial Revolution, we reserve these things to ourselves because they are basic to the life of our society. No machine can duplicate them.

Read the whole thing!

Bookmark and Share Send Feedback | Permalink


No Pingbacks for this post yet...

Previous post: Listen to Duo Dickinson on Burning Down the House
Next post: What do you think about online Master of Architecure?

our sponsors
Other Blogs I Like
GSD Blogs:
Ben in Paris
A Large Lumpy Rock
Wayfinding with Waxman
Other Blogs:
Saved By Design
Jetson Green
Core 77
Rammed Earth is for Everyone
Raw Design Build
Lloyd Kahn's blog
Form Follows You Home
Burning Down the House - Radio Architecture
Unhappy Hipsters
Design Vote
Truly Minimal Plan
February 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
 << <   > >>
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28      


Me on Burning Down the House
The VERB School
August 18 2010

October 20 2010

Licensure in the USA
November 17 2010

Become One of Us...Subscribe to Architecture Addiction
Give the gift of an architecture book to Architecture Addiction
Radio Architecture
Listen live to Burning Down the House, Wednesdays 4PT/7ET
Or download the podcasts from iTunes

our sponsors
It's Finally Here
unSchool of Architecture is here. Enter your name and email below to learn more.

Architecture School Survey
Hi. My name is Katy. I like it when you write to me and tell me about the cool stuff you're doing in architecture. Yes, I write back.* I may publish your letter and my reply on the blog. If you don't want me to do that, you can just ask that I withhold your name, or if you're really serious about keeping your letter a secret, you can ask me to just not publish it at all. Of course I'll still write back to you. * I hope you'll take this opportunity to share your thoughts with our worldwide audience.

[Fields marked (*) are required]


Your Name:*

Your Email Address:*

Your Question or Suggestion:*

After you click Submit, you'll come right back to the blog!

* Unless you spam me.

Created by Contact Form Generator

places where you could probably learn more about designing and building in just a few days than I did after a year of grad school

Know of some others I can add here? Let me know. Have you already visited some of these places...or planning on it? Let me know and I will feature your story and your photos here!

I am starting a new kind of architecture school. Unlike most architecture schools, you wouldn't have to submit GRE scores or good grades or letters of recommendation. You wouldn't have to put the rest of your life on hold for 3 to 5 years. You wouldn't have to accrue tens of thousands of dollars in debt. At my architecture school, anyone could come for a few weeks and learn how to build a house with their own two hands. My teachers would take skills and concepts from some of these other workshops I've listed above... except classes would be held year-round to make it easy to fit into your schedule. I would have a number of different campuses around the country that would teach building designs appropriate to the local climate. And I need your help. Can you donate land for a campus? Can you dotate books for a library? Can you teach a workshop? Can you provide start-up capital? Let me know.

suggested reading/bookstore

Need more? Visit our bookstore

where is everybody?
Locations of visitors to this page

Who's Online Now?

  • Guest Users: 41
random quote generator

Give me another

our sponsors