ruminations about architecture and design

Thursday, January 22, 2015

in favor of a Dr. Who movie

This house really needs nothing but maintenance. Towers of ilium respects tradition, up until the point when tradition becomes an enemy of improvement. The value of the old tends to have an emotional appeal, but only if people constantly refresh their perceptions of that value. An old house has "character" only in the sense that we apply a value to the accumulated decisions of past generations. As soon as the bad decisions overwhelm the good decisions, the character is gone. A more curious question to ask is whether we would automatically apply character to something if we could go back in time and see it when it was brand new? We would bring all our memories and biases with us and as a consequence, might view the original product with more skepticism.

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