Blog Prompt #5
Explore through image and text how the built environment affects (supports or
detracts) who you are. Speculate in terms of frameworks, clockworks, phenomena and
This blog will not take long in that I am in a pissy mood and completely exhausted. I apologize in advance for the negative tone of this blog.
The built environment doesn't make me who I am as a person, but rather has a direct effect on my feelings on a daily basis. If someone were to say that their built environment makes them a better person because of how nice of an environment they grew up in, I would say that person is snobby and rude and thinks they are better than most of the population. On the other hand, if someone were to say they are in a crappy situation because of how bad of an environment they grew up in, I would say that person is making excuses and is a pansy for not making an effort to make their life any better. Either one of these statements sounds like a cop out in my opinion.
So back to the topic at hand, how the built environment affects my moods. I am a very casual and easy going kind of guy. It takes a lot to piss me off in most cases (stupid people make me angry in a hurry though). I like change in my built environment. Change is challenging and exciting. Change in a built environment would be something along the lines of working in downtown Minneapolis all week and then driving to the St. Croix river valley Friday afternoon for 3 nights of camping. A change of scenery (the built environment) is necessary from time to time. Don't get me wrong, I love to be busy and the lifestyle I have write now with my own design business and my hobbies, but there aren't a whole lot of things better than sitting out in the middle of a lake on a boat watching the sunset (I think I'm making myself feel better... weird). So architecture that makes me feel good would be rustic, natural, cozy. Architecture that displays one's skill, such as wood working or masonry, exhibits hard work and love for one's work. When people put pride and feeling into architecture it definitely comes out. I also like to see this. On the negative side of the designed environment it would have to be modern/contemporary architecture. Most of this type of architecture comes off as cold and harsh to me. This environment turns me off and actually makes me a little angry. Another negative in the designed environment would be cleanliness. This is something that everyone has a part in. A dirty environment will be the only thing on your mind when you're thrown into one. There is no chance to appreciate anything else that is going on around you.
In regards to the oppositions, frameworks and clockworks have absolutley no weight in my opinion. It is all phenomena. The idea of feelings as an opposition is damn near the definition for the opposition of phenomena.
First the good/happy time architecture.
And now for bad/cold prickly architecture