Sometimes I think I ought to have been an architect. Good design whether it be in a commercial building or in residential promotes an emotional warm feeling in you.
Great Lifestyle Is About Good Thoughtful Design.
In touring houses with residential buyers we call it the WOW house when you hit on it. A clean fresh house, nice floorplan, nice amenities, very livable. In commercial buildings there is light, art mixed with the practical and open space. I have seen it with bridges where you can see the water visibly that it crosses from both sides.
On the opposite side I have been in WalMarts where they are turning every other flourescent light off with dim lighting to save money, graffiti written on railroad bridge trestles, dirty carpet with socks and underwear laying out on home staircases, black water in gunked up backyard pools with the highlight being a big frog sitting on some plastic hosing, you get the image...
In our homes, in our commercial buildings, in our skyscrapers, highways and bridges, we all if we have any control of that architecture, should make an effort to make it have good feelings for us. It is our home space, it is our workplace. There is a reason for art and beauty in our lives and it is just to not visit paintings in a museum on a Saturday when the relatives come into town. It is to make our life better. There is a reason some homes are given the Builder's Showcase awards and some businesses are given those Best Place To Work honors. Or the best bridges of the nation like in Austin, TX. It is about DESIGN.
It is cause someone cared up front or along the way to create some legacy for themselves and for those that came after them. People who would say WOW inside a house or Ahhhh inside a building. A sense of belonging. A sense of I want to be here. Not a bad thing to strive for in our lives. You will know it when you see it.