Local Heart, Global Soul

September 3, 2019

Beating Depression With…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Architecture has always been a fascination for me, and the older the building the better.

Often though, there are a myriad of details in brick, stone, wood and wrought iron that are no longer replicated in the “fashionably modern” buildings of the late 20th Century and now in the 21st.

I feel that the world would be a far less happy place if all building were just plain, grey boxes, barren, featureless and soulless.

Tourists rarely, if ever, stop and photograph the “box” buildings, but queue and crowd by the busload whenever a town or city boasts beautiful, ornate buildings where the history of hand crafted details are layer upon layer a feast for the eye.

Heading out to Leiden for a medical appointment, I am keen to discover new architectural treasures to add to my digital inspiration files: excellent for my mental health. Indeed I find more buildings had detail, colour, and were an inspiration to walk, cycle or drive past.

When we see streets lined with grey concrete, pattern-less brick or massive panels of steel or glass, I think we as human beings shut down a little. In winter in the rain they become dark, sombre obstacles that we feel like we have to hurry past as fast as possible.

I believe that today’s architects have missed the point, I get that they want to do something different,  rebel against tradition, to be something “radical”, to be the “go to” guy  for innovative minimalistic cubes, but for our mental health and inspiration of our souls I think that somehow we have to return to incorporating colour, and making a massive “U-turn” so that beauty is incorporated into every new building and renovation.. Mosaic, paintings, murals, plants,

I believe that when we see something beautiful, our brains kick into “happy” mode. Probably we will not smile visibly, but out souls will feel lighter, and we become more positive. It’s all subconscious of course, but imagine your town or city transformed in style-appropriate buildings that fit in with the age of it’s oldest and most beautiful buildings

During the Rennaiscence period (Between the 14th and 17th centuries), creative times exploded: massive leaps forward were made in technology too because the “creative process” was in full swing. Artists were sponsored by their patrons, their skills, craftsmanship, talent highly valued and cultural life blossomed.

Imagine if we gave the Arts a chance for a second “Rennaiscence” period. Music, art and anything with a creative outlet would be encouraged, free thinking could literally take architects “out of the box” in their design, and it’s already a scientific fact that when the brain is in this “inspiration mode’ that leaps and bounds in technology is also possible. Wouldn’t it be amazing of we could ditch pills and be creative. Who knows? maybe we could even beat Societies crippling and engulfing levels of depression …with creativity.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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