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In reply to: Into the Uncanny Valley

But why does the distinction between the real and unreal, the true and fake, matter at all? Why does it matter to architecture? At the risk of radical simplification, it matters because there is a real world and there is a design world. In a design proposal, there is a necessary overlap between the two worlds, and, as with the intersecting sets of a Venn diagram, that overlap is negotiated at every stage of a project, getting ever thicker as the design moves from concept to construction. Certain elements of reality cannot be entirely excluded, of course. An architect and client may decide at the start to ignore a particular fact, such as the presence of a large oak in the middle of a site; but at some point the continuing existence of the oak might need to be weighed against the longing for a lap pool.

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