The house shapes its dwellers
30 March 2009 1 Comment
From Tim Jones over at Old World Swine, as he talks about the hunt for a new home:
The assumption is, of course, that people will move into the space and “make it their own” by populating it with objects, by painting it and living in it, and this is true to an extent, but the mistake is in thinking that this is only a one-way interaction. The house is presumed to be mute, but no created thing is mute. We speak through everything we do and make. What do our modern buildings and suburban houses say about us?
If I wake up in, work in, and return home every day to a dull, prosaic, box, will I not over time begin to feel the world is dull and prosaic? Will I not tend to think in predictable boxes and right angles? If I become more and more acclimated to an indoor, artificially lit, air-conditioned life, will I begin to see nature only as something alien, inconvenient and uncomfortable… and maybe dangerous?
We are increasingly cut off from the poetry of nature by our manufactured environment.