Finally someone is confronting architects with information they've so effectively ignored in search of low bids. America is polluted with stressful non-places because of "costs". I visited an architecture program recently and no one was interested in thinking about better public spaces. I'm tempted to change professions to throw a wrench in their paradigm of pretty houses for rich people and cookie-cutter trash for corporate/public works.
I also think arthritis plays a part in awareness of place. I've had arthritis for about 7 years and my sensitivity to surroundings has increased exponentially. When you can't move as effectively you can't ignore things and have to sit and feel. You start to recognize what's valuable in the structure of the environment.
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