The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - 4

DISCOMFORT
by GORDON S. GRICE, OAA, FRAIC

hen the Editorial Board first started working on this feature, we had in
mind the more traditional definitions of discomfort: "a slight pain" (OED),
"mental or physical uneasiness" or "annoyance" (Merriam-Webster), "hardship" (Dictionary.com), "a feeling of worry" (Collins English Dictionary), or
obviously, "anything that...interferes with comfort" (Wordreference.com).
Most of these discomforts represent temporary states, and for each, there is a
remedy - a comfort - that can restore the balance. Comfort: "A state of physical ease
and freedom from pain or constraint" (OED again).
Architects are skilled at alleviating discomfort by making our lives more livable. They
correct what's wrong in our environment, satisfy our spatial needs and desires, and
anticipate what kind of surroundings we might need or desire in the future.
Discomfort is an unusual state: as much as we itch to have our discomforts
soothed, we often need discomfort or, at the very least, benefit from it. Whether it's
the inconvenience of landscape obstacles, the extra challenge of irregular surfaces,
the thought-provoking (that is, jarring) presence of "confrontational" architecture, or the
adrenalin-pumping imminent danger of thrill rides and extreme sports, our experiences
are often enriched by discomfort.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020

Discomfort
Index to Advertisers
Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Intro
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover1
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover2
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - 3
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Discomfort
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Index to Advertisers
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover3
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - divider1
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