Still having problems commenting on posts from home...here are my thoughts about knowing it all:
But Kyle, they make it so easy to just check boxes and achieve Platinum certification! Why would you even bother to learn why any of those thinks work?
Think about the idiot light in the car you drive everyday. Do you need to know what the little oil can light means? Or do they just put an all encompassing check-engine light on the dash board now? Regardless, when the light comes on, we now have only the choice to either take it to the dealer or to another “specialist” to get fixed. They are the experts...
So what does that say about the significance we put on design? Are architects supposed to be the experts? The public need not know, they are protected from themselves by experts.
If the energy consumption in a building is too high, the architect is responsible, by code.
Does the Toyota chassis designer know the specifics underlying internal combustion engines and the computers running them? Or does he only understand the size and torque of the engine?
I think he works on part of a team, no? The team is working together to produce a highly sophisticated machine (ok, maybe not a Toyota).
Does the establishment of codes make the Toyota chassis designer, if he were an architect, responsible for cars speeding out of control on the interstate? I think general knowledge is a good think, in fact, the quest for knowledge is probably my curse, but it is difficult to know it all. As an analogy, I think it is better to hire a plumber when you need a plumber, hire an engineer when you need an engineer and a designer when you need something designed. However, I still need to know if the plumber can do his job well....
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