Message - Re: Stripping homes - different people, different needs

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on January 22, 2004 at 12:18:05:

In Reply to:  Re: Stripping homes posted by Muhaimin Shahriar on January 18, 2004 at 02:33:16:

Different people have different needs regarding privacy concerns. Some people want to be very private and do not want others to be looking in on them. They may want to experience "home" as a retreat from the rest of the world. They are entitled to their own "pursuit of happiness."

Other people want to welcome the rest of the world to peek in on their little portion of the planet. They simply want to have a place where they can condition the space to suit their own temperaments. They too, are entitled to their own "pursuit of happiness."

Some people are architectural exhibitionists. They want to show off for the rest of the world. Other people "follow the herd" or "keep up with the neighbors." All are entitled to their own idea of contentment, fulfillment, or whatever it is that motivates them to build what they think they want.

Frank Lloyd Wright made a big deal about "making the corner disappear." This can be seen at Fallingwater. Wright made the house part of the waterfall instead of separate from it. He often emphasized that we should bring the outside in or the inside out.

Richard Neutra also emphasized that the difference between outside and inside should be minimized.

Today's architects have the ability to specify large glass areas that may or may not be conducive to good environmental design. We have machines (air conditioners)to overcome the overheating caused by the greenhouse effect. Whether this is to be considered good design, or rampant wastefulness, is a subject for further discussion.

Someone may want to discuss the return of ornament. Are there any Louis Sullivans out there who want to experiment with plastics or fiberglass as architectural elements? What about 21st century ceramics? Glass as a structural element? Can a Lustron house be produced economically in the year 2004? How about Frank Lloyd Wright rubble walls made of recyclable materials? Samuel Mockbee, smile down upon us!

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