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    David Zeibin
    Mar 1, '05 12:22 AM EST

    I was thinking about a post that was something along the lines of, "What would you give up for greatness?" I tend to have architectural dreams about being famous, as I'm sure most architects do. I mean, sure, the starchitects get a lot of flack, and sort of become media darlings, often not living up to everyone's standard of them.

    So, greatness. Can anyone get there? Does it mean just hard work? Are you born with genius, or does that even matter? All it takes is one high-profile job that goes over well before you get to stop searching for the next job and the jobs just come to you, closely followed by the media scrum.

    Anyhow, we had a midterm review in studio today. I'm exhausted and heading to bed. I got a few hours of sleep, but it was the week leading up to this that's been so tiring. I'm not sure what to say. I'm unhappy with my project, but I think that has more to do with trying to live up to too-high standards, and not because my project actually sucks crap. I mean it's not necessarily awful, just perhaps un-awe inspiring.

    Any thoughts on design intelligence? Adaptable structures? Designing for uncertain futures? Generic versus ambiguous space? Do you feel like an agile, fearless designer?

    Oh, and students from SCI-Arc (the MR+D kids) and U of Toronto came to visit us last week. Good times were had by all.

    I visit LA from Thursday to Monday. Any suggestions for hot architectural places to visit?


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