Comment 35994

By kdslote (registered) | Posted December 03, 2009 at 14:58:28

In Encounters: Architectural Essays, Juhani Pallasmaa writes the following:

"The disappearance of beauty in our contemporary world is alarming. Can this mean anything else but the disappearance of human value, self-identity and hope? Beauty is not an added aesthetic value; longing for beauty reflects the belief and confidence in future, and it represents the realm of ideals in the human mindscape. ...A culture that has lost its craving for beauty is already on its way towards decay."

I agree with Strickland's view on the relationship between vibrant visually appealing spaces, psychological wellbeing, and empowerment. Too many of our urban spaces shatter rather than nourish the psyche (expanses of asphalt parking lots downtown, 5 lane one way arterial highways through the core, the Jackson Square Rooftop, etc, etc).

We need more of this kind of thinking in Hamilton. Thank you for posting.

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