Failure and architecture have an ambivalent relationship. The architectural profession is dominated by super-egos, driven by a sense of superiority, who are claiming perfection and strongly belief in their own infallibility. However, history shows that even the most perfect structure can be completely uninhabitable. And the most dreadful slum can become a palace in the hands of resilient residents. This paradox has parallels with the world of websites. Functionality is not always a guarantee for success. A fancy facade (or homepage) does not automatically lure in people. And space for interaction sometimes scares people off. Talking about failed architecture, Michiel draws lessons from famous failures and introduces the idea of productive dystopia.
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