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Posted by  Harry Pasternak on September 21, 2003 at 16:00:48:

In Reply to:  Re: theories in architecture posted by aaron on September 18, 2003 at 00:47:13:

Bench designers, landscape architects, architects, town planners design/buy "3 seat benches" because they are "stupid" - it is as simple as that. They don't understand people how people use space and instead bench designers, landscape architects, architects, town planners should get a job at a funeral home.

Knowing how people use space has nothing to do with rules - the knowledge enables the designer, architect, planner to produce buildings and the space around those buildings that meet the needs of the people using the space inside the building and outside around the building.

Another example related to hi-rise apartments/condos. Research shows that a hi-rise is a useless form of housing! Why? One of many reasons - we humans are not hawks - we don't have the eyesight of a hawk. In fact we have very poor eyesight from a height. Parents cannot recognize their own young children playing outside - from the sixth floor and higher! Therefore it is stupid to build apartments higher than 5 storeys. Why? Because parents then keep their young children inside all day and night for safety reasons. Why is that a bad idea? If you are a mother - would you want to be cooped up in an apartment all day and evening with young children - non stop? One of the reasons for high suicide rates in hi-rise building by young mothers.

One should not confuse the making of a building "beautiful" - has anything to do with good architecture.

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