Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Beauty in the built-world and the mind: de gustibus non est
Just attended a seminar in Edinburgh University by Tim Bates (Edinburgh psychology) examining our interpretation of the built environment and what we consider beautiful. Really interesting stuff and the theory was basically that waste is the key to beauty in buildings. The more waste on display the more people will find the building beautiful. It seems absurd but his theory stood up to the questions of the philosophy department quite well. I asked him to talk in my college and he agreed so it could be interesting to see how architecture students react to his shocking theory.