|24 Oct 2011
The visionary words of designer Barbara Barry:
Call me a dreamer, but I would like to believe that over the next 25 years we will all continue to grow as human beings and come to a place of understanding that our choices affect everyone. Perhaps we'll reach a collective understanding that the world is a fragile place and that it takes a higher level of care than we currently give it.
I see us moving beyond the mere material and toward the restorative, a move that brings us to a way of living that is not all about "stuff" or "style" but about shelter and nurture.
I have a great hope that there will be better low-income housing, so that everyone — those with little and those with much — can come home to calm, nurturing, restorative havens. Why should only the wealthy get the opportunity to have what all of us need?
I imagine the collective consciousness being raised aesthetically, so that we begin building homes with materials that last: stone basements and walls, solid wood floors — materials that endure beyond us.
And finally, I envision more people experiencing the feeling of how something done well feeds our soul. That, in turn, brings us to the realization that we need less. And that leads to an appreciation of the beauty in simple things — things that exist freely in our world like lemons growing on a tree, air that is fresh and the color of the sky.