Our view and
definition of "aesthetics" is a comprehensive one that necessarily
considers and includes all of the ordering systems. Can an urban area be
"beautiful" if its inhabitants are financially destitute; if its
natural environment is unhealthy; if it is congested with traffic;
or if its citizens live in fear of crime? We believe that a truly
beautiful community is one in which participants reflect a sense
of well-being as measured through a carefully selected range of
We ask, "has
the design identified and created an aesthetic sensibility
appropriate to the history and culture of the region and its
vision of the future?"
Architecture can provide visual and spatial cohesion to disparate urban
architecture often works in collaboration with the fine arts, and can
inspire and educate.
landscape architecture can search, identify, and visually express
identities appropriate for the surrounding urban fabric and culture.
architecture can create an urban respite:
It can replace concrete with green leaves and flowers
It can replace noise with the sound
It can replace automobiles with pedestrians and bicycles
It can replace buildings with parks and open space