We often go to great lengths avoid discomfort. At other times we go to equal lengths to “enjoy” it. Either way, discomfort, intentional and unintentional, is an important feature of architecture.
For most of its history, architecture had no need to concern itself with authenticity. “Architecture” in the early days, consisted of buildings intended to convey a sense of importance.
Architecture is all about walking. With few exceptions, we experience architectural space at a walking pace and a walking scale, even if we are not fully mobile and require assistance in getting around.
Like many of you, I live in a city where there is scarcely a square metre of land that some architect, planner or designer hasn’t tampered with – sometimes with spectacular results, other times, not.
Have you ever asked yourself this question? Probably not. We generally accept that, on this earth, there is beauty and ugliness, just as there is good and evil – the one extreme making the other extreme easier to identify.
I was talking with one of our contributors about the idea of ‘special places’. She told me about a place in northern Finland, north of the Atlantic Circle, where she went skiing once.