I am fascinated by architectural forms and designs. They’re poetry. Gazing at these doubles as a de-stressing activity for me. I get absorbed imagining the history of the building and design that I totally forget what has stressed me.
In an increasingly complex and hyperactive world that values sameness, beauty (hence order) are important counterpoint elements in the formation and design of spaces especially in the public realm.
Beauty is however subjective and the anticipated concern is, whose perspective of beauty? But that’s exactly why such things need to be a continuing discussion among and with the public. Beauty is not any one’s exclusive image. It’s what’s finally formed out of collective commitment to positive community values. What is beauty for the Filipino?