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Er... Last time I looked, Plato as Kant made a difference between "Goodness, Beauty, Nature", Hegel would follow with his Kunstschöne vs Naturschöne (Mind vs Nature)...

English isn't easy on the word "design" as it applies for a "peculiar invention" (i.e. the design of the universe) as a fashion or style (i.e. Italian design).

Most of those crafts (and I count architecture among them) are on the "goodness" side, while art would be on the "Beauty" side. Nature being "per se", in a different league.

Designing for beauty (beforehand) usually produces "art" (it can be far from beautiful in a given culture), while designing for goodness (again beforehand), can result in some forms of beauty, later, or as a by-product. It wasn't the original intention.

There should be an emotion with art. There can be an emotion with "craft".

Roméo and Juliette, necking on a bench at sunset can find a builtscape "beautiful"... Because their own emotional state oozes to their perception. While at the same instant, a bystander, worrying about his income taxes, will perceive the Nature (sunset) and discard the builtscape as a necessary evil... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 03:09:33 AM EST
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