Rethink Your Life!
Finance, health, lifestyle, environment, philosophy
The Work of Art and The Art of Work
Kiko Denzer on Art
Cob: Cob ClassesMichael Saunby mike at chook.demon.co.uk
Fri Jul 13 04:47:59 PDT 2001
> > For the lady who wrote, she has had a life of low pay jobs and doen't > want them anymore. Not finishing hight school is one deterrent to > financial success, but no one stops her from getting more education at > night now/it does take effort, but we are each responsible for our > selves. > > Charmaine > In "How buildings learn" Stewart Brand describes what he call 'low road' buildings. Places like the garage where Hewlett and Packard started their business. He says "most of the world's work is done in Low Road buildings, and even in rich societies the most inventive creativity, especially youthful creativity, will be found in Low Road buildings taking full advantage of the licence to try things." A while back when talking to an engineer friend who works on huge international projects we had a laugh about the current cluelessness regarding "green" building. What most of the world require is shelter, that's what housing is about, shelter, not triple glazing and low energy use - wear more clothes, second hand ones are good and very cheap! I doubt there is at any price a new car or van that is as "green" as my old van, partly because it is green (in colour) and largely because it's 32 years old and is very likely to last another 30 plus years. It might use a bit more fuel than a new vehicle, but keeping it uses a lot less glass, steel, and plastic than replacing it every few years. It's great to dream of a new house, new TV, new car, etc. In fact it's damn near essential if you've little else going on in your life. But if you really need a change, then look to the essentials, food, shelter, etc. Shelter can generally be obtained at lowest cost using an existing structure, their are trailers, shipping containers, barns, sheds, etc. In England many people in rural areas lived in structures that no longer remain because by modern standards they were not fit places to live, however I suspect that landlords, etc. were even happier than the residents to see these places go. In Brand's book there are pictures of a house built in stages, a room at a time, during the Depression. Such is the natural way of building a home. My wife's family have lived for generations in a (now old) farmhouse. Since I've know them parts of the house that were clearly used in the past to live in have been used simply to store animal feed and fuel, and then when a new generation arrived rebuilt as accommodation. In short, a new house won't change your life, but a change in your life may well produce a new house - a room at a time. Michael Saunby
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