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Designer Myopia: How To Stop Designing For Ourselves

By Rian van der Merwe

Have you ever looked at a bizarre building design and wondered, “What were the architects thinking?” Or have you simply felt frustrated by a building that made you uncomfortable, or felt anger when a beautiful old building was razed and replaced with a contemporary eyesore? You might be forgiven for thinking “these architects must be blind!” New research shows that in a real sense, you might actually be right.

That's Michael Mehaffy and Nikos A. Salingaros describing a phenomenon we're all familiar with, in their article “Architectural Myopia: Designing for Industry, Not People1.” As I read the article, I became increasingly uncomfortable as I realized that the whole thing ...

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