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Great essay on beauty and buildings: Does form following function often suppress beauty? #architecture

This is a good topic to consider as the times are tough. Briefy, most players in the built environment are not advocates of beauty except as a side issue. They don't like ugly. But financial forces, Building Contractors, Real Estate Brokers and some clients do not place a value on beauty beyond "curb appeal". Lots of that please but keep the costs down. As an Architect of 35 years my idea of beauty is that it comes from the core principals of spacial organization, materials selections, light and shade, and even symbolism in forms. Human ritual and contemporary contexts can be developed in beautiful ways. It is easy to know when a space is comfortable and pleasant when you are there. That is a kind of beauty. It is easy to know when a structure is interesting to look at and attracts the viewer with meaning and scale. That is an environmental integration of the best kind. To...

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