“To envision takes talent, to implement takes genius.”

 Pursuing any development or neighborhood plan today involves working with a myriad of actors beyond professional collaborators during planning and design phases. These include direct abutters, surrounding neighbors, elected officials, public agencies, opponents (often), investors, financial institutions, and regulators, all billed as “stakeholders.” Navigating the shoals created by cadres of stakeholders is perhaps the greatest challenge to pursuing sophisticated

ideas about and goals for urban-ism. Consensus around goals that aren’t very ambitious is, unfortunately, common.
    However, rather than-wallow in despair about the unpredictable nature of decentralized processes, urban designers must learn to be more effective collaborators,willing participants in true interdisciplinary endeavors, and advocates for ideas not always their own, ideas that have the potential to rally others around higher expectations, not expedient solutions.

Such skills are not always available in a designer’s tool kit.
Some blame the messiness of democratized processes for producing mediocrity. On the other hand, many can offer examples of substantial benefits to projects as a result of broader community participation. Then, too, there is that maxim among seasoned urban designers, “To envision takes talent, to implement takes genius.”

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Beauty through functionality

The Austrian Adolf Loos (1870–1933) was another architect who found usability an important criterion for architecture, calling for pure a l usability. In his Ornament und Verbrechen, written in 1908, he vehemently rejected the use of ornamentation for purely decorative purposes. He viewed decorations as ‘tattooed architecture’, and thought it
impossible for anything impractical to be beautiful. This sounds very much like the words of the philosopher David Hume almost 200 years earlier in A treatise of human nature (1739), in which he identified beauty with utility.
Efficiency generates beauty.

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Distinctive And Timeless Architecture

Distinctive And Timeless Architecture

John Doe Architects blends a variety of historic styles, incorporates Hawaiian environmental requirements and uses the finest materials. The result is a composite architecture which balances both the historic and modern with contextual imagery.

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