"What a disastrous and shameful policy"


dezeen-comments update texas gun laws usa architecture design

Comments update: controversial gun laws in America were hotly contested this week, after the dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas resigned over a new state law that will allow students to carry firearms on campus.

Fritz Steiner the new dean of the University of Pennsylvania's architecture school
Frederick "Fritz" Steiner

Campus carry: Frederick "Fritz" Steiner said the law was the reason he was leaving his position at the Austin university after 15 years. Many readers were equally disgusted by the new state law.

"Equipping your little darlings with concealed guns will not protect them," reacted one guest commenter angrily. "It will just give everybody a false sense of security. What a disastrous and shameful policy."

"People need to feel free and safe in a university in order to develop fully," added Sim. "Guns don't fit into that."

Others didn't share this view and made the case for more guns in neighbourhoods.

"We already see that the total ban of guns on campuses, even in entire cities is ineffective," said regular commenter Concerned Citizen. "Records show that the stricter the gun laws, the higher the murder rates by guns."

What do you think? Join the conversation in our comments section »

Serpentine Pavilion 2016 by Bjarke Ingels
Serpentine Pavilion 2016 by Bjarke Ingels

BIG week: a week rarely passes by without Bjarke Ingels hitting the headlines and last week was no exception, as his firm unveiled this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion design and revealed plans for a major residential development in downtown Toronto.

"Stacked boxes... The only thing I'm surprised by is the lack of diagrams with arrows and planes being lifted or squeezed in this article," said SteveLeo in response to the pavilion design, while a guest commenter described it as a "trite motive fashioned out of disposable plastic elements."

Let us know what you think of BIG's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion design »

Habitat 2.0 by BIG in Toronto
Habitat 2.0 by BIG in Toronto

Readers reacted more positively to the firm's housing development in Toronto that is reminiscent of Moshe Safdie's experimental Habitat 67 housing complex.

"Cool project and I hope it gets built," said one reader, while another referred to it as a "downright stunning project."

"The thing that is missing here," countered Galicer, "is the fact that in the original Habitat every unit had its own open terrace. In this less-socialist version only the expensive units will." Read the comments and story »

Benjamin Hubert
Benjamin Hubert

Design dilemma: industrial designer Benjamin Hubert explained why he shifted his energy away from furniture design in an exclusive interview with Dezeen last week, saying "everyone seems to be designing the same thing" in the sector.

"The real, underlying problem is of course that way too many designers are graduating from design schools," wrote Tes. "Here in the Netherlands the amount of design school places has risen ten-fold in the last ten years."

"I think the problem is not the numbers of design graduates but the positions they're going to fulfil," replied George Worker. "If you look at designers as business consultants you can avoid the 'starving artists' or the 'Kickstarter kamikazes'."

"It's about time for students not to aim only for a glorified furniture industry, but finding new areas with potential," concluded Wadi. "Don't go to design fairs; visit tech fairs, listen to engineers, artists, doctors and other professionals who need good design solution in their field and not another chair." Read the comments and story »

  • Camden Greenlee

    “We already see that the total ban of guns on campuses, even in entire cities is ineffective,” said regular commenter Concerned Citizen. “Records show that the stricter the gun laws, the higher the murder rates by guns.”


    Let’s not re-publish unfounded claims. Opinions: sure, published data: absolutely, unsubstantiated “facts” about the world in an effort to force a distorted worldview on others, no thanks.

  • Ellez

    I don’t see why it’s even a debate. Guns kill. They don’t belong in a place of learning.

  • CariHislop

    I don’t blame the guy for getting out. Packing heat on campus for collective “safety”? That’s insane! I wouldn’t stick around to be shot by one of my students whose ego/id was affronted by my opinion that their building was a non-functioning pile of ugly half-baked bricks and deserved the F it was given.

    Imagine a learning environment where the teachers feel forced (for their own safety) to bell the grade depending on the perceived lowest level of sanity in the classroom (who are all holstered with deadly weapons while day dreaming they’re riding horses in some Wild West Outdoor Museum). Holy hell, what next?

    • Jess Thinkin

      How bout this? What say each professor who is against the idea of a legally armed student in his/her class, inform said students through a notice in the relevant curriculum that in the unlikely event a ‘shooter’ opens fire in the sensitive, noble professor’s classroom at any time, said professor expressly forbids any attempt by any legally armed student to save that professor’s life under all threatening conditions.

      The student may, however, attempt to defend all other occupants of the room under assault as would be his/her original intent. Would you sign something to that effect Bunky?

      • Calen Knauf

        If you were offered an apple to take on a hike, and said no I hate apples, but I brought it on the hiking trip anyway. If we got lost and you got hungry, would you eat it?

        • Jess Thinkin

          What the hell? Were you actually trying to prove my point? If so, thanks! In the event that was not your intent, bear in mind, I made no pompous moralistic assertion proscribing my right, or yours, to carry, offer or eat the apple.

          For the sake of some polemical continuation, if you presented me with a contract similar to the one I proposed to CariH, thus creating – as opposed to yours – a true parallel analogy; but instead of the student with a gun being the potential life saver, your ‘apple’ would be mine.

          I – not being bound by some misguided and innately hypocritical moral structure (furthermore, unsupported by his/our Constitution) – would think carefully (for about 10 seconds) before reaching the very real conclusion that my preference did not possess the essence of an intelligent habit, nor a moral one, and I’d amend your ‘apple’ contract to reflect the infinitely existential concept of self-preservation. We’ll call it “an Emergency Amendment to Nosh”, which logically could be extended to include the bearing of arms!

      • Sim

        You really lost your marbles somewhere during the time it took to write that comment.

        • Jess Thinkin

          Gotcha flummoxed, huh guy? Too bad. I’ve always retained the notion that subscribers of Dezeen (if no others) would certainly be sufficiently attuned to oblique abstractions whereby complex metaphors provided simple intellectual warm-ups for the day. Thanks for the reality slap Simmy boy! Note to self, Jess: “Get back to basics!”