Yes, Virginia, he's a bureaucrat. An Urban Design Commissar. The head of Auckland City Council's Official Taste Panel.
As he proudly told the Herald, he's here to tell us all what we can and can't build in Auckland city. People don't ask to run their design ideas past people like Ludo, they're forced to if they want any chance of seeing them built. I posted a while back one architect's account of what dealing with the Jeremys and Ludos of the world is like. And I posted when this new job was announced what I thought about it, and I asked if there was any way this building might ever get past the Taste Panel that Ludo is here to head up.
He and Jackie Wilkinson should get on like a house on fire.
Ludo and his colleagues might like to read Thomas Sowell's Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as the Basis for Social Policy. I expect he'll recognise himself and his colleagues within Sowell's pages. Some excerpts:
Everyone is for a beneficial outcome; they simply define it in radically different terms. Everyone is a "progressive" by his own lights. That the anointed believe that this label differentiates themselves from other people is one of a number of symptoms of their naive narcissism...LINKS: Englishman with designs on city - NZ Herald
In their haste to be wiser and nobler than others, the anointed have misconceived two basic issues. They seem to assume (1) that they have more knowledge than the average member of the benighted and (2) that this is the relevant comparison. The real comparison, however, is not between the knowledge possessed by the average member of the educated elite versus the average member of the general public, but rather the total direct knowledge brought to bear though social processes (the competition of the marketplace, social sorting, etc.), involving millions of people, versus the secondhand knowledge of generalities possessed by a smaller elite group...
The presumed irrationality of the public is a pattern running through many, if not most or all, of the great crusades of the anointed in the twentieth century--regardless of the subject matter of the crusade or the field in which it arises. Whether the issue has been 'overpopulation,' Keynesian economics, criminal justice, or natural resource exhaustion, a key assumption has been that the public is so irrational that the superior wisdom of the anointed must be imposed, in order to avert disaster. The anointed do not simply happen to have a disdain for the public. Such disdain is an integral part of their vision, for the central feature of that vision is preemption of the decisions of others...
In their zeal for particular kinds of decisions to be made, those with the vision of the anointed seldom consider the nature of the process by which decisions are made. Often what they propose amounts to third-party decision making by people who pay no cost for being wrong--surely one of the least promising ways of reaching decisions satisfactory to those who must live with the consequences...
Architect vs bureaucrats - Not PC
Mediocrity and medding announced by Mother Hubbard - Not PC
Ms A. Presley gets community service - Not PC
Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim - Not PC
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