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Death To Minimalism (currentaffairs.org)
6 points by rain1 to minimalism design 618 days ago | 4 comments



Terrific article, rain1! Only thing that threw me is how hard it was for author to spot the word for what the soulful places had. It's the same thing as everything, even that Target. Except, Target has it on the inside by design with outside cost-minimized. That's novelty. It's even considered a basic, human need these days as described here:

https://www.laarc.io/item?id=1629

If architecture or design is to have impact, they might consider how they can deliver on novelty without driving costs too high. Maybe also need to put some price on it for the capitalists. I'm not sure how to do that.

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+1 for Christopher Alexander's books as referenced in the article. He's done some beautiful and useful writing on human-scale architecture and development.

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3 points by emily 617 days ago

Thank you for this. One of the funniest, most “yes, totally” things I’ve read lately.

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I have two words for you: Friedensreich Hundertwasser :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedensreich_Hundertwasser

Two quotes of his are

> The straight line leads to the downfall of humanity.

and

> A person in a rented apartment must be able to lean out of his window and scrape off the masonry within arm's reach. And he must be allowed to take a long brush and paint everything outside within arm's reach. So that it will be visible from afar to everyone in the street that someone lives there who is different from the imprisoned, enslaved, standardised man who lives next door.

And the houses he came up with, oh.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=friedensreich+hundertwasser+architecture&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images

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