Re: [what is beautiful?]
From: David Heimann (
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 20:21:20 -0700 (PDT)

What is beautiful? After all, at first lighthouses were "sore-thumb" manmade instrusions into a beautiful rocky coast. Now lighthouses are treasured art, right where they are!

David Heimann
JP Cohousing

Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 22:50:05 -0400
From: <truddick [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ more  perspective on rules and regs
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
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Not specifically cohousing, but a similar kind of idea:  a suburban
Cincinnati couple was prohibited from putting up a privacy fence because it
was too “visually imposing”.  So they found a way to express themselves
without breaking any rules!
  !    _    Thomas E. "TR" Ruddick
  !   !_)   Nunquam Vadis Levis!
      !  \


Message: 6
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 06:07:45 -0400
From: ken <gebser [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Sorry about the ugly compost bins
To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
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Lion Kuntz wrote:


Anyway, sorry about those compost bins. Have you considered having a
craftsman make some nice gold-plated sculpted ones? You could be the
envy of your neighborhood.

It is possible to make items like compost bins, wind turbines, recycling
bins, trash cans, and even satellite dishes aesthetically pleasing.
When in Germany back in the '80s I saw recycling bins that were actually
nice looking and very safe and practical.  The simplicity of form led me
to believe that they weren't so expensive to manufacture either.  Loud
citizen involvement here in the Cleveland area has resulted in public
officials seeking approval for nearly any kind of public works spending
now including language and funding for artists' review and input.  Even
Republicans-- what few of them of them we have here-- have learned that
if you belittle beauty, you're seen as a clueless dolt.  Earlier this
year, in advance of final design for an avenue renovation, a prominent
gallery invited painters, sculptors, and other artists to display on
this project and related considerations and give talks on their works.
This wasn't the first time this sort of event was held to provide the
general public a glimpse of how practical improvements can incorporate
and endue wonder and charm.  True, there is a cost, but given the many
people and lifetimes the aesthetic environment will work itself on our
psyches, the cost is miniscule.  And, after all, what do you want in
your life, beauty or ugly?

"This world ain't big enough for the both of us,"
said the big noema to the little noema.


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