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an equation for inverse square law. What are YOU doing right now?...
or what SHOULD you be doing right now?....
gonna go to the library in the next hour and stay till 11 or something. It's such a pisstake. ethics is boring as hell.
left it all to the last minute. Meh. Ethics sounds good.
i'm listening to all the radiohead songs that sound like the sound of when you die.
i'd rather listen to the argument on the loudspeaker.
theres only about 5.
I should be trying to replan the ticket office of an underground station, but am awaiting input from some of the engineers.
I like the sound of your job. What d'ya do?
Most of my work at the moment is underground station refurbishments. It's not quite as interesting as other people seem to think it sounds.
Why is it that architecture is such a male dominated industry?
I don't think I've really worked with a female architect....same with consultants, actually. They all tend to be men....
and fairly self-righteous at that (no offense)
I’ve worked with several female architects, but more commonly females that are interior or graphic designers.
The last survey I remember reading said that 86% of architects were male. As to why, well there are numerous reasons, and explaining any of them requires that you make generalisations about the genders. There’s an element of inertia about it, certainly which means that the reasons below self-perpetuate the situation.
- Architects are, on the whole, not the wilful, creative and ideological people depicted in films or in people’s imaginations. They tend to be obsessives; they get excited by gutter details and the embodied energy of concrete. There is an element of nerdishness about it that tends to attract males and disinterest females.
- the construction industry is, and always has been, very male dominated, and dealing with guys on site, especially when they think they know more than you, can be very intimidating.
- The university course is very long and very tough – and often weeds out the creative and the compassionate in favour of those that have the endurance, thick skin and single-mindedness to take bear-pit-like criticism and sacrifice friends and sleep for seven years. Architecture has a high drop out rate throughout the course, and in addition, a large number of people complete the first degree but find employment elsewhere rather than return for the second. In my year, at least, the proportion of girls that dropped out was much higher than boys. For example we started with a year of 75, about 25 of whom were female (35%), and finished our final year with 28, five of whom were female (17%). Lots of those that dropped out between the first and second degree went on to become graphic designers, interior designers, work in advertising or marketing or as website designers, and many of these are areas in which females tend to dominate.
- Even though the hours in work are less than they were in university, they are still often antisocial and long. I wouldn’t necessarily say that they are any different to any other profession, but to spend hours of your free time working unpaid on a door schedule can be pretty dispiriting. For some reason, we males seem to think that it’s worth it, and the inflexible hours mean that roles of home-maker and mother that are still predominantly taken up by females, are difficult to accommodate.
- and finally, ego. Pure unadulterated ego. Girls may like to craft things, but boys like to erect them.
The idea that males are more able to think in three-dimensions and solve problems in a logical manner doesn’t really wash with me. To be a good architect requires much more than this, including negotiating, delegating and considering the needs of many parties – skills which are often said to be better undertaken by females.
The disparity in the other consultants’ professions (structural, mechanical, electrical etc.) are even more pronounced than architects. It’s a generalisation, but they design systems and diagrams rather than three-dimensional buildings – requiring an ability in traditionally male subjects such as maths and physics.
And yeah, we can be self-righteous. I know I am.
My degree is in interior design, and you're right, it's more of a female dominated industry. It got boring within a year of being employed in it, to be honest.
as I can't work out why you'd need to be working out equations and whatnot.
Then went to work for a small practice in St Albans doing roll out work. Basically, I became a cad technician. Then worked for a bespoke furniture company, more cad. I now work for Holophane lighting as a lighting designer. MUCH more interesting.
Hence the inverse sqaure law. I get it now.
working out the amount of postage recieved by each House of Parliament...
sweet jesus christ.
most of it is quite interesting; stuff about elections, MP turnover, the cost of parliament, allowances...shit like that. But for every one of those there's one of these ones and like, well, who cares?
and asking questions, please.
Actually... then I would have a job.
as a way of avoiding the pile of filing looming over me.
all of which are dull. I've been quite productive today though.
and have to go to work. Nooooooo
I hated maths at school. 's not so bad now.
Whilst contemplating a shower, trying to decide when to go home for Christmas and worrying about assignments I have yet to start.
in the hope that I can shit it all out before I get on a plane tomorrow.
but i'm not. i'm twatting about on here. fool. i will regret this later tonight.
I should be harrasing members of the inverness chamber of commerce and booking them in for employment law checks in the new year.
and returning books to the library, I think I'm going to have at least a £10 fine.
so eat that
you ADD the fucking ions NOT MULTIPLY. PIECE OF SHIT.
and i should be tidying my room cos i've got someone coming over tomorrow, and i should also be revising for my exams next week but thats not an option
I should be finishing a friend's essay and starting another for him. Actually, HE should be doing that, technically, but whatever. I am being payed $60.
and being happy and not hungry
I should be completing an essay on network interfacing and how information can be externalised via. a multi user database