Through Architecture Lives Flourish
Living well is a deep subject.
As a human, the world that is perceived is a humans's world. It means that the human is the centre in it, and not his or her things - or man-made machines and the institutions that are made. That is the human-centric view. There are others. They have in common that mankind are not the real centre of the progress, design, or whatever.
Remember to ask, "Progress of what?" Take a look at the cell phone. First humans get far from one another through "developments". Next they seek to communicate across the distances and through various barriers - but the point is that others get awfully rich and mighty through the development that is taking place. They put things in the hands of people, create some kinds of communication networks, and here we go. By replacing direct eye-to-eye contact with less fulfilling contact, the total impact of "being together" by substitutes cannot measure up. Body language, odours and sharing an environment should be included in the "equations" around too. So ask, "What does the development take away of other things, to make others richer and mightier, and folks less in the human world?"
The cell phone softly undermines "being here and now" and robs contacts from vital parts of natural contacts - some estimate that about 80 percent fail to be exchanged by a phone, others say more.
To see a screen picture of someone or nature is less than seeing the person in the flesh, and being in nature. The progress of screens has similar drawbacks as cell phone communication has. The advantages of both may give way to quite neurotic uses - undermining. One sort of long-run undermining is that of becoming just a spectator and listener instead of a participant. If the experiences and activities are good, it means that becoming a screen-and-phone recipient, makes for a more languid life than an active life as a participant, and in direct contact with the suitable nature.
On a planet where humans overcrowd the habitats of animals, and migrant want their share too, a problem is glimpsed: Who should the better living conditions favour, if they cannot serve all? That is a tough one.
For the time being, much soil may be tilled. The planet can feed the many billions of humans still. But the awfully skewed distribution of soil and goods is a problem for the Irish and for others.
As for animals, some have died out already, and others are endangered. If one cannot afford the animals we like around, we have got future troubles.
This being so along large lines, he cities of tomorrow have a formidable task ahead. It is to incorporate more of the rewarding and giving "things" of nature into the city and its goings. It is also to get rid of polluting agents. Human beings are the central features in a good development, not shining, polished cars and the problems they give.
The basic goods have come to include electricity. It may be produced by cleaner means than burning fossile fuel.
Combine such means and life on the planet could slowly improve. There is a dire need for it.
Getting Rich, Environmentally Rich
The more self-sufficiency and own prowess a human relinquishes, the poorer it may become in the long run. Watch out for cities; they can kill thriving. Why? Some of them violate basic, organic designs. After all, humans are made for reciprocal thriving in nature, and when natural sides to the world are dimininished, thriving diminishes. It's as simple as that. There are many sides to it, though. One is to plant trees - see to it if you can. It could help later-comers.
It is not enough that a home, office building, school or factory blends beauty and function. It helps if it is ecologically sound and possibly reflects something of its region or culture. Good enough architectural vision must balance these and other parameters in search of - or in modelling - environments that could enhance the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of the people who live and work in them. Structures that echo organic forms found in nature may be turned into distinctive elements of many more buildings. There are many other principles to take into consideration too.
Some trade themselves for gains in the rat race and then get hurt. Exploitation may work against some of these factors, if not all of them:
To be of much worth, new information has to be integrated with simplicity in our daily living.
If there is little you can do, or what you do is ecologically unsound and odious to living beings, maybe you can manage to meditate a little, or a lot!
There is much more that can be said on the art of living and architecture. You may open the Literature page and then its search box, then try searching for word parts like "archit" and "hous" there, or titles, authors and architects like "Corbus", "Rohe," "Gropius" and more, just as you like. Suit yourself.
For getting inspired and create a better local environment that flow fairly well along with human life and its demands and stages, take a look at Maharishi's vastu thinking. Its ideas are ancient. Houses and at least one town seek to implement these core ideas. Some are wonderful. (WP, "Maharishi Vastu Architecture")
Maharishi Vastu Architecture and Planning. Vastu City Planning. 4th ed. Institute of Vedic City Planning / Maharishi University of Management, 2013.
Svoboda, Robert E. Vastu: Breathing Life into Space. New York: Namarupa Publishers, 2013.
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