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One of the biggest illusions of modernity is that we can separate beauty from functionality.

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Contrary to popular belief, beauty is NOT purely subjective.

It does not simply “lie in the eye of the beholder.”

Beauty (in architecture) is a sacred phenomenon, inspired by elements & patterns & colors we find in nature. ImageImage

One study found that, by age 3, kids prefer fractal patterns.

“So, since children are not heavily exposed to these natural patterns, this preference must come from something earlier in development; or perhaps it is innate.”…
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On the abuse & decline of reason (thread)

It’s not that our reason is defective; but that fetishizing it can make it so.

As a society, we are too much in the thrall of logic. ImageImageImage

“Solving problems using only rationality is like playing golf with only one club.” — @rorysutherland

The Romanian philosopher Mircea Eliade warned us about this pseudo-intellectual wave...

He called its propagandists “reductionists” rather than “rationalists” ImageImage

Consider modernity’s most famous liberal manifesto, John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government.

It assumes that there is only one universal principle at the base of legitimate political order: individual freedom.
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Herculane Baths, Romania, is in dire need of renovation.

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How it used to, could, and should look like. ImageImageImage
Legend has it that Hercules stopped in the valley to bathe and rest.

Back then, Roman aristocrats turned the town into a Roman leisure center. Image
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Which one is the better library?
I have a strong “bias”

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Like anything sweet in life, beauty matters most when you lose it. ImageImage
Modernist architects are not much different from the communist ones: they are both rational fundamentalists.

The belief “we no longer believe, so why pretend?” convinced us to do away with all of mouldings, decorations, symbols, and statutes. ImageImageImage
Facta, Non Verba: But, contrary to modernist belief, most people still prefer to spend their time in Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam, Florence, or Budapest.

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