The Tragic Death of Descartes

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Modern architecture has evolved into a profession saturated in specialization, identifying ourselves through an exclusive and concentrated set of skills a model that is exponentially growing obsolete. From the rise of the Creative Class to the flattening of globalized economy, this presentation proposes that architecture must begin to respond to these new dynamics through a refined approach to knowledge, and a return to intellectual inquiry. The era of the master builder is quickly fading, soon to be replaced by the age of the lovecat; a dynamic that will force us to revise our identity. We will soon abandon our markers for megaphones, and barter our CAD software for a Twitter account. Presented by emerging professionals dedicated to servant leadership, the objectives of this presentation will be to (1) explore the fundamental benefits and selective history of intellectual inquiry and collaborative discourse, (2) analyze how generational diversity will flatten management structures and reconnect architects with social critique, and (3) propose how modern social media and networking tactics will create a platform for the rebirth of Descartes thesis I think, therefore I am. This discussion is an exercise in redefinition a pursuit of evolving identities. This presentation is a call for change.

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