Previously on the Mockitecture WebLog, we have compared fashion and architecture. We have considered people dressed in building costumes, and also unfashionable buildings dressed in trendy fabric patterns. Which profession enjoys better publicity among the media and mainstream public?
Fashion design's spectacular runway events are by far the most popular, glamorous, and publicized out of any high profile design event. What would the architectural equivalent to this be? Perhaps all that comes close is the ritual "ribbon cutting" events - or better yet, the "breaking ground" events. These media-crazed, highly politicized events are exceedingly ridiculous as they typically involved oversized scissors and older wealthy men pretending to dig a shovel into the ground which, at times, is far from the actual construction site. While fashion design beats architecture popularity and pure glamour, architecture wins when it comes to goofy spectacles and (accidentally humorous) publicity stunts! Hoo-ray for fake, oversized scissors!!