Beauty is not seen as an essential part of architectural or urban designs in contemporary architectural practice. It is seen as trivial, something subjective and therefore not academically interesting or as an aim within design professions. This is absurd, of course. On this page you can find some resources on the vital importance of beauty.

“Why Beauty Matters” by Sir Roger Scruton

This is a must-see; Sir Roger Scruton eloquently explains the importance of beauty in this documentary.

This presentation is another beautiful one on beauty and our current crisis of architecture:



Another fascinating article on the importance of aesthetics in cities can be found here:

What Makes a City Beautiful?


In this article, Vickie Isabella Westen describes the strong link between beauty and sustainability in the built environment: