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By Mahesh_P_Butani (registered) - website | Posted November 16, 2011 at 16:15:03

I came across a wonderful documentary on Beauty, called: Why Beauty Matters ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ) by Roger Scruton - which is worth a leisurely watch!

Scruton reminds us that "...our lives are full of leftovers, we battle through ...distractions, and nothing resolves. The right response ...is not to endorse this alienation, it is to look for the path back from the desert..."

Every age has grappled with the idea of beauty. Some ages even threw up canonical beliefs about beauty, which lingers through our age in fragments sowing confusion about beauty in our times.

For over two decades the Vitruvius of our age, Nikos Salingaros, Christopher Alexander and other, have being attempting to tell us about a new path back from the desert to reclaim beauty in our age. But not many among us are listening.

The coalescing of arts, sciences and philosophy via the field of Biomimicry and the emerging field of Biourbanism could lead us to an age where 'beauty' is no longer a debatable virtue, but a societal value that binds us all in a shared understanding of beauty.

Note -- "Architects still believe that they are eligible to use the act of building for personal exploration and expression. They are creating architecture that makes little reference to anything, only their innate gifts."

Comment edited by Mahesh_P_Butani on 2011-11-16 16:17:56

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