Emotional Architecture

by Don Friedman on April 14, 2017

Civic Virtue Triumphant Over Unrighteousness, a sculpture famous for being considered physically ugly and symbolically biased:


The thesis of this article in Aeon, Feelings are a better way to discuss architecture than concepts, can be summarized as: we overthink our reactions to buildings. The functional parts of architecture can be analyzed, although even there it’s not always clear why something doesn’t work, but the aesthetics and our reactions are fairly impervious to reason. And that’s okay. Pick your favorite cliché – de gustibus non est disputandum, a difference of opinion is what makes horse races, it takes all kinds – and they all come back to the same point. There is no objective standard of aesthetics and we’re better off that way.

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