ruminations about architecture and design

Sunday, January 1, 2017

the golden age of the joint venture

The challenge of identifying design ownership is not a recent phenomenon. Imhotep may be given credit as the first architect but towers of ilium is certain that he wasn't responsible for solving all the problems that arose on the Egyptian jobsite.

Most design comes from the toil of the obscure. This project, a joint venture by AECOM and others* is a good example of the way in which an initial idea gradually turns into reality. The concept of expanded rail service in London dates from 1974, the design and construction--consisting of underground work and above ground work--spans decades. So much of the effort is expended on hidden details that this rendering is a thin shadow of all the time and money spent.

*"Others" includes those responsible for anything that goes right or wrong.

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