"the approval, together with that wise half-smile, granted him a grandeur he did not have to earn; a blind admiration would have been precarious; a deserved admiration would have been a responsibility; an undeserved admiration was precious."
-ayn rand, the fountainhead
read this passage about a week ago in the midst of my own understanding of such precarious things; some i was aware of, some i have just gotten to know.
admiration is something that manifests itself in many ways, since its origins are as diverse as those who harbor it. i've realized that an admiration too great becomes noxious for both it's owner and the recipient once it surpasses a casual level. in many ways it becomes a destructive force, especially as noted above; when it is deserved since this carries the implication that it did not happen by chance. does deserved mean that you have worked for it? or to maintain it? i'm not sure, but when it is deserved, there might always be a power imbalance and that is the source of it's adverse effects. i don't think admiration ever ceases to be, either, rather it transforms into other similarly potent methods of perception once it has had reason to react.
in the case of an authentically shared love there may be an exception.
so according to this Dwell article, the government requires a certain level of energy efficiency in all new construction in Holland; going green is the law! Sustainability concerns are taken seriously and worked with proactively, a far cry from what we're up to here in the good ol' USofA.
a recent technological development in aiding eco-friendly design are thin film solar panels, which are less efficient than crystalline solar panels but are much more cost effective and are aesthetically more appealing.
maybe we can take a hint from the Dutch's emphasis on conservation of space and resources (and OF COURSE... innovative architecture) and in turn their more sensible, alternative (to US) lifestyle?!
a great quote, "In the U.S. we have a culture that celebrates size and consumption for their own sakes- and on some level, the more resources we use, the more successful we feel." - architect Gregory Kiss
This article notes that while a majority of artists have a college degree only 6% reported earning $80,000 a year or more. Of the 5,300 artists surveyed most said very little of their overall income came from their artwork.
Architects were mentioned several times in the article- hadn't anticipated their inclusion under the "artist" umbrella.