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BOARD MESSAGE

What constitutes a
beautiful building?

his question has been central to architectural discussion since the time
of Vitruvius, roughly 2,000 years ago. But within the last 100 years, the
discussion has been complicated by a newer question: Why should buildings
have to be beautiful at all?
In our second issue of The Right Angle Journal, we take an inclusive view of
the subject, presenting opinions that are both objective and subjective. We think it's
an important discussion to have right now because so much of public opinion revolves
around the relative aesthetic merits of architecture. The practice, study and appreciation of architecture in the early 21st century has become so complicated that in the
public realm, the discussion has been confined to one basic subject: how does the
building look? Is it beautiful, or ugly, or not worth commenting on?
The public can hardly be blamed for this attitude. Architecture - at least its outward
appearance - is an extremely public art form that everyone is required to confront.
It can't be fast-forwarded, like an unwanted tune on a playlist, or deleted, like an
unsuccessful photo on our smart phone, or walked out on, like a bad play. It's just
there - for the foreseeable future. If you don't happen to care for a particular building
or, worse, if you find it ugly, monstrous or grotesque (as some people have described
some buildings), you can always write a letter to your newspaper, change your route
to work or move to another city. Or, as the citizens of Manchester have managed to
do with Piccadilly Gardens, Tadao Ando's only UK building, you can have it condemned
to demolition.
Meanwhile, architects grapple with deeper issues. Building programs are complicated, technology is exciting, architecture isn't just shelter anymore, it's a commodity,
an investment, a brand, an iconic presence, a philosophical statement, the residue
of zoning and building bylaws, focus groups. And if it truly is a public art it asks for a
moment of your thoughtful attention.
THE RIGHT ANGLE wants to engage design professionals and the public in a dialogue about the things
that truly matter in our environment. If you have a thoughtful opinion you would like to express, don't
hesitate to contact the editor at: editor@therightanglejournal.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2017

Message from the Board
Why aren’t All Buildings Beautiful?
Resilience: The Forest and the Trees
Index to Advertisers
Locations: City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2017 - Intro
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The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2017 - Message from the Board
The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2017 - Why aren’t All Buildings Beautiful?
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The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2017 - 18
The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2017 - Resilience: The Forest and the Trees
The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2017 - Index to Advertisers
The Right Angle Journal - Winter 2017 - Locations: City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
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