By promoting beauty in our built environment, we increase well-being and happiness
Four Principles of The Aesthetic City
Well-being of people
Architecture and urban design should be about the well-being of the final user. This means that there is no place for ego, greed or utopian visions detached from reality in the design process & resulting environments. This also means we need to create urban environments that are safe for walking and cycling, for playing children, with plenty of green spaces and attractive public amenities.
Beauty should be a goal
Not only is beauty broadly predictable and measurable, it is achievable by using tried and true design principles. It does not have to be expensive either. Beauty adds incredible value to peoples lives and is one of the key ingredients for a happy life. The Aesthetic City strives to restore the importance of beauty in planning processes and architectural education.
Strive for time-proven designs & longevity
Design buildings and built environments using principles that have withstood the test of time instead of following currently fashionable trends. This prevents future need of major renovations or demolition, which saves money, precious resources and prevents pollution and the emission of greenhouse gasses. Build with strong materials that withstand for centuries.
Respect the context
Don’t build buildings that contrast sharply with their neighbours. Respect local inhabitants, traditions and history & adapt to local circumstances. Use local craftsmen and techniques. Make sure your design is warmly welcomed, even applauded by locals. Use local materials to lower the environmental impact of your project.