ruminations about architecture and design

Friday, April 14, 2017

there is no spoon

Human design efforts nearly always involve a tension between a singular decision-maker and the semi-organized movement of the collective. Take this plan of a small city somewhere in Britain--it implies an organization based on simple geometry. It was not the vision of one person, although one person did make some significant contributions to parts of it. The good fortune that made this city a visual delight is strange soup coincidence that included a nearby quarry, the popularity of certain parts of Georgian architecture, the rampant greed of speculative developers, and the technical limits of architecture.

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