October 20, 2011

IN OTHER WORDS...:

Why does modern design tend to look so harsh and feel so unhospitable? (Michael Mehaffy and Nikos A. Salingaros, 10/19/11, Guernica)

Have you ever looked at a bizarre building design and wondered, "What were the architects thinking?" Have you looked at a supposedly "ecological" industrial-looking building, and questioned how it could be truly ecological? Or have you simply felt frustrated by a building that made you uncomfortable, or felt anger when a beautiful old building was razed and replaced with a contemporary eyesore? You might be forgiven for thinking "these architects must be blind!" New research shows that in a real sense, you might actually be right.

Environmental psychologists have long known about this widespread and puzzling phenomenon. Laboratory results show conclusively that architects literally see the world differently from non-architects. Not only do architects notice and look for different aspects of the environment than other people; their brains seem to synthesize an understanding of the world that has notable differences from natural reality. Instead of a contextual world of harmonious geometric relationships and connectedness, architects tend to see a world of objects set apart from their contexts, with distinctive, attention-getting qualities.

...they despise the objective beauty of Creation and seek to replace it with the ugliness of their own intellects.  That's all modern art is.

Posted by at October 20, 2011 9:38 PM
  

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