Re: the Aesthetics of Diversity and Lot Development
From: Hans Tilstra (
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2002 17:31:01 -0600 (MDT)
In response to Lynn's comparison of individual vs. collective designs....

The most beautiful examples of a more prescriptive (& community minded)
approach can be seen in historic parts of Europe, where a particular look is
preserved by its community. Here, the neighbourhood's overall presentation
is greater than the sum of its parts.

Here are some examples of aesthetic merit in housing patterns:
(housing pattern in San Francisco)
- (housing pattern in Tuscan village)
- (housing pattern in New

Metaphorically, this approach to cluster design is akin to the sound of my
modem connecting to its server rather than the music playing in the
background.  It's America's national parks before Roosevelt, it's corporate
governance under George Bush,

..... it's laissez faire approach crossing aesthetic boundaries.

;-) Hans Tilstra

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