Timeless Design Posted on March 19, 2019 by nrhiller Share this:PrintEmailFacebookTumblrPinterestTwitterLike this:Like Loading...
6 thoughts on “Timeless Design”
If you want to charge extra, throw in a fake Palladian arch. If you have a broad expanse of roof, toss in an eyebrow window that isn’t really an eyebrow window. It’s unlikely they’ll know the difference.
The first experience with one of these “clients” can yield empathy some bit south of mental disdain. But, only if you are a sub-consultant. A design phase entry onto the “team” right at transition from “concept” will often catch the lead architect throwing furtive glances to the engineers–hoping for salvation. However, we all knew the architect held a juicy plum, if only they could successfully ride the bull to the ever-moving end-goal. Goodness be damned. Spin the money game!
The McMansion Hell website might be funny if they didn’t have such a large SJW axe to grind.
I checked it out. You can relax, it’s funny.
I guess the definition of “SJW” is “people who offend me by caring about things that I don’t think are important.” I spent about 30 mins on the site and the whole thing seems fairly middle of the road to me.
I agree ‘timeless’ is a much-abused term. Because I try to be thoughtful about all my consumption, I’ve read a lot about men’s style, where the word has also been thoroughly worn through.
Timelessness is a myth, in my opinion; it’s just a sneakier word for permanence. As we grow as people, we learn that permanence (and perfection for that matter) are horizons – in the sense that they indicate more about the constraints of our perception rather than anything necessarily real about the world. Timelessness seems to be too intoxicating, and too part of Platonic Western thought to be looked at critically. I’m not saying that there isn’t an innate aesthetic sense that’s part of the packaged bundle that comes with being human, but rather that our aesthetics should acknowledge the limited useful life of the things we make (call it wabi sabi if you must).
At best, I believe what we make can appear ‘enduring.’ In the face of constant change, including our capricious tastes, to be enduring seems more admirable to me anyway.
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