Architecture is qualiadelic

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Architecture Here and There

Qualia are features of things. ( Qualia characterize the features of things. (

My brother, who lives in Oregon, has just published a book. It delves into the most intimate and profound aspects of ritual, and how engaging with one’s own patterns of ritual creatively can improve one’s life, and open one’s mind to insight about the world around you. The book is called Matter, Qualia, Mind and Cosmos. I asked him to write me something that could help me connect his thoughts with the concerns of architects. Here is what he sent me:

Architecture is very qualiadelic. The perfect building is as elusive as the perfect snowflake. Both form around qualia: snowflakes form around hexagons and buildings form around the designs of architects. They are inevitably flawed – every snowflake is unique and so is every building – but therein lies the charm. Alas, if a snowflake is too unique, if it strays too…

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About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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