Sunday, May 06, 2007

Lean And Beautiful


Minimalist Architecture
holds a great allure.

It's easy to revel in the efficiency, the sleekness and economy of concept
. It's just as easy to lose interest in the plethora of current home improvement television shows that wrestle with so many different elements of design, not to mention an abundance of space that does'nt quite jive.

This may arise out of an instinct for survival. I have seen and lived in some very big cities even if sometimes only for a while. London, Los Angeles, New Dehli, and king of them all Bombay, the Maximum city as Suketu Mehta called it. Planted deep in my consciousness are images of a future world where space is at a premium and a new type of aesthetics comes into play.

These ideas arise, not from
any rare premonition but rather images seen and incorporated, like those in the landmark film Blade Runner and then on deeper examination the modernist architectural tradition in Japan where that film's bleak Noir drew its inspiration. Clean lines, stark aesthetics and an attention to maximizing space which is such a precious thing in Japan;there have been massive land reclamation projects going on in Tokyo Bay for centuries.

These feats of civil engineering now face resistance from a rising tide of environmental consciousness. So, it appears there must once more be a return toward maximising space.

In that economical spirit Wired Magazine has a new kind of portable home on display available at some considerable expense outfitted with every tech gadget that you desire. To some it may be too small but it touches an inner need, even if only for a short stay.Some day it might become the norm as Leonard Cohen says " Not just for a hour/ Not for just a day/ Not for just a year, but always."

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