Posted by Farzam on December 21, 2003 at 20:10:07:
Growing up in a developing country has provided me with the privalage of experiencing spaces that are much more effective in their emotional impact. When i began to study architecture in toronto, i found out how toned down it is compared to countries that have a more open building code. I know many will disagree with me, but my opinion is that when there is more danger or percieved danger in architecture, for example spiral staircases or the absense of handrails, architecture is created that really moves us. What i am saying is that in many ways building codes have brought down the quality of living. There are many spunges put on corners, safety nets at the bottom of every thrill, we live completely safe, and therefore not truely live at. The chance that "i may lose my life if i'm not careful" induces the thought that life is special. If it is realized that life is in reality a special gift that may be lost, maybe more people will be smiling on the subway, because after all, they are alive.
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