Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Architects Against War

I recently came across the Architects Against War petition that was released in January of 2003. What a bold statement by many prestigious architects whose future commissions could have been in jeopardy. A very powerful and relevant statement almost 3 years later! I wonder why more architects have not come forward?


Blogger Bridger said...

Perhaps because many do not hold the beliefs espoused in the petition or object to portions of it. Or maybe architects by nature are publically apolitical, ambivalent or not comfortable enough to put their name on a petition. What if signing a petition is the easy way out ("I signed the petition,now back to work"). What else have these architects done to further this cause beyond signing? It's a fundamental question and dilemma we all face, and I'd be interested in the answers (and questions) you come up with.

Have you come across any stories illustrating this dilemma and how it played out? What lessons does this tell us?

8:01 PM  
Blogger Laura D. said...

Micheal Pyatok is one architect that does not shy away from politics. He actively works with low income communities to help fight for funding for building housing complexes in the San Francisco and Oakland areas.

6:45 PM  
Blogger gonzo said...

They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.

-Ernest Hemmingway

7:18 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

While I fully applaud the boldness of coming forward to declare a unified position against war, this site does bring into question whether or not there is a connection between architecture and war. The petition states that they are concerned because they are a group of professionals who are "directly concerned with the well-being of people and the environment." Does this mean that they are against the war because of its destruction of the environment (both built and natural?) Why should the group step forward as architects, per se, rather than just concerned people? Does the fact that these are all architects give them any credence that they would not have if they simply spoke out individually?

7:27 AM  
Blogger gonzo said...

I respect when leaders of any profesion step forward and put their profesional careers on the line for activities they see as unjust. It is important that the petitioners identify themselves closely to their livelyhood or else nothing is on the line and the petition is hollow.

9:19 AM  
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9:33 PM  
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