Architecture Book – Why Do Architects Wear Black?

Updated onJanuary 11, 2022inArchitects and Fashion/Books

Remember my previous post on architect’s dress code? Was it a coincident or an urban myth that architects prefer black? Cordula Rau has the answer in her little black book titled ‘Why Do Architects Wear Black?’

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And the respond from 100 contemporary architects:

  • “因为他们认为,如果他们想成为真正的‘艺术家’,就必须从他们出身的资产阶级社会中脱颖而出。”
  • “因为他们希望显得有趣+显得是存在主义者。”
  • “Black means you can’t really go wrong and you don’t have to change that often,”

An industry manager who left his white-blue, silver-shimmering world of car bodywork and dove into the pitch-black, mysterious world of architecture for the first time during a competition asked me one day: “Ms Rau, why do architects actually wear black?” Although I was wearing black and I am an architect I didn’t have a spontaneous answer, so I responded: “Ask the other architects!” That was in 2001, and it is why this small book came to be. I have asked the question at an international level and whenever it seems appropriate ever since. The sometimes amusing and other times programmatic or hair-splitting answers I have received over the last seven years are listed chronologically in this little black volume. Read, and please, don’t ask me why architects wear black! – Cordula Rau, 22. 02. 2008

This is not serious journalism, if you happened to have a friend, partner or family members who’s an architect then by all means get them this great book, it’s a bit overpriced for the content but it is fun reading! If you’re a bookworm, here is another great book –‘101 Thing I Learned in Architecture School’

作者既不是CAD专家,也不是网络天才。又一个花太多时间上网的人。The tutorials featured here are meant for basic level understanding.

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