The delightful LeveVeg blog – meaning “way of life” in Norwegian – replied to my recent expression of pleasure at the illustration on top of the Village Forum blog. It is a painting of a distant village, reproduced at the top of this post but not at the top of this blog, which features a balustrade. The LeveVeg blogmeister is Øyvind Holmstad, who in kindness suggested that I might want to take down my balustrade and put up the splendid village instead. He said Village Forum, which hails from New Zealand, would appreciate it.
All this gratification took place in the comment sections of my recent two blogs on Christopher Alexander:
The motto of the LeveVeg blog is “We Can Build Compact Walkable Towns Instead of Suburban Wastelands.” The Village Forum embraces a similar set of ideas. The motto of my AHAT blog, however, is “Style wars: Classicism vs. modernism.” To place a village atop my blog instead of my balustrade would be an act of misrepresentation, however pretty.
I would tut-tut Mr. Holmstad for his understandable suspicion that the balusters atop my blog “don’t say much.” I protest! They have a lot to say. My blog is an architectural blog that occasionally comments on urban policy. My balustrade, which is fairly typical of the form, sits in front of the Providence Public Library. It states that buildings can be very beautiful and enchanting. Maybe that’s not saying much. But look at the balustrade below and visit my post “An evocative balustrade,” atop which the balustrade below sits. Then try to argue that balustrades are mute!