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henry_flower ([personal profile] henry_flower) wrote2017-05-11 01:30 pm

Mediocre life is a wonderful thing to have

Tyler Cowen (an econ prof. at George Mason University):

"I find it striking the extent to which we've used our wealth to build more structures, and hardly any of them are as nice as, say, an old-style Georgian home as you would see in London, when people were much, much poorer. [...] And yet many of them lived in nicer buildings, and we don't seem to care.

It seems to me interiors are vastly improved with every generation, including ours compared to 30 years ago; and obviously to some extent that's what people value. If you have a theory or what's wrong with the world is that people are getting too good at leisure at home and not good enough at interfacing physically, geographically with everyone else, and then you see the way that architecture is evolving: that interiors just are better every year; and exteriors remain mediocre, ugly, and not even worth looking at"

I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices this.

[personal profile] sassa_nf 2017-05-11 12:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Who lived in the Georgian homes he admires? Coal miners didn't get nice old-style Georgian homes.
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[personal profile] euthanasepam 2017-05-11 12:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Це пов’язано передусім з іншою парадигмою архітектури як мистецтва. Колись пишно оздоблювали дорогі капітальні будівлі, які мислили на століття служби вельможній та шляхетній родині, відтак кожен палац, в теорії, мав прагнути до ідеалу. Тепер так не будують. Нема сенсу зводити симулякри втіленої в камені слави для уявної аристократії, бо тепер це нічого не вартує. Людство не лише не оцінить витвір мистецтва, але навіть не помітить — окрім фахівців та шанувальників. Якийсь чудернацький Бурдж Халіфа сильніше полонить увагу людей. Подивились та й забули. Зовсім інша річ, як слушно зауважив автор, що в себе в хаті.
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[personal profile] leo_sosnine 2017-05-11 02:03 pm (UTC)(link)
+1

BS statement. A typical house of today is actually something we should compare to huts and dugouts low life people lived in at the day. Why doesn't he compare these Georgian architecture to houses billionaires live in that are built with the intention to impress outsiders, designed by the best designers in the the world?