One of the things I learned in medicine was that form follows function and that some of the most aesthetically elegant and beautiful biological objects, processes and organisms occur when physical biological structures are closely aligned to function.
Similarly, as a new report by the UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment found, people want and need beauty in their physical environment - both built and natural. there is potentially innate aesthetic sensibility which is attracted to beautiful things (though these differ between individuals, communities and societies).
Check out the video and the series of essays and online discussions at the CABE website by clicking here or the links below.
Seven essays on beauty
- Beauty and public policy - Glenn Parsons
- Beauty, localism and deprivation - Irena Bauman
- The X factor: beauty in planning - Matthew Kieran
- Beauty and a love of life - Diana Athill
- Beauty: value beyond measure? - Hasan Bakhshi
- Beauty: a short history - Alan Powers
- Beauty, well-being and prosperity - Bonnie Greer
Check out the other useful healthy urban planning related work of CABE at www.cabe.org.uk