Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Beauty v. Efficiency

In the Economist, Ryan Avent makes the case that we're too concerned with how our cities look:

[P]eople view the built environment as primarily aesthetic in nature. Most of us live in one building and work in another, and almost every other structure in the city is essentially decoration for our lives; I've been in a lot of Washington buildings, but my primary interaction with the vast majority of Washington structures is a street-level view of their exterior. The nature of this interaction is such that we underappreciate the built environment as an input to production.

Steve Clowney

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