This Is Pissing Me Off

OK, tell me, why does Robert Scarano still have an architecture license? Why does the New York Department of Buildings have to ban him from submitting drawings? Why hasn’t NCARB revoked his license yet? Why is he still allowed membership in the AIA?

I’m not just ranting because his buildings are ugly. No, a judge found him guilty of deliberately filing false drawings, which is a very, very serious offense. Drawings filed are contracts. Apparently he has, among other things, deliberately overbuilt several Williamsburg buildings, which do stick out like sore thumbs. Admittedly, this has become a neighborhood of thumbs, but still his buildings make no attempt whatsoever to fit in. And I’m not one to insist or even appreciate new buildings feigning history by imitating old materials, but zoning is largely about safety and about height, and anyone walking by can see these buildings don’t conform. What else did he lie about?

an abrupt shift in scale

GRRRR! Most architects spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to follow often labyrinthine code rules. Reading, re-reading, asking around, trying to understand just what the peculiar language of code-speak is getting at, because we want to make safe buildings and we want to make good neighborhoods. That together with the fact that we are given a monopoly on (legal) building design in many cases means we owe the public honesty. Without it we lose trust, and we completely lose the ability to do our jobs.

 

 

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