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How compassionate architecture can create dignity for all

Compassionate architecture

This video takes to task the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honoured and seen. The speaker, John Cary, calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few. “Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a questions of aesthetics,” he says. “They literally shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve.”

SOURCE: TED

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Buildings are, first and foremost, spaces for carrying out human activities. Ideally, they have to be subservient to the needs of the people who work within. In reality, users are seldom consulted when architectural plans are drawn up and the building commissioned. Architecture, seen commonly as a creative and artistic discipline, often places form ahead of function. Aesthetics elements are the sole criteria used in judging merit. Ask the users, and you might get a completely different opinion. Le Corbusier’s design for the city of Chandigarh in India was an arrogant act that ended up in a cold, impractical set of buildings that had nothing to do with the culture or the landscape of the territory it was set in.

In general, public buildings such as hospitals, seldom take into consideration the requirements of their users. Far from being spaces for healing, they serve to intensify the anxiety and dread that patients feel within the premises. Care is often given in windowless, artificially lit spaces that are forbidding.

This video takes to task the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honoured and seen. The speaker, John Cary, calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few. “Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a questions of aesthetics,” he says. “They literally shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve.”


 

Ikigai: how the Japanese find meaning in life

Ikigai

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” It is similar to the French phrase “raison d’être”. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the belief that discovering one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. (from Wikipedia)

SOURCE: Big Think


The whole concept may be boiled down to four questions:

1) What do you love?

2) What are you good at?

3) What does the world need from you?

4) What can you get paid for?

Here’s a handy Venn diagram:

 

Author Dan Buettner told the BBC in order to find your ikigai, you should write three lists. The first is your values, the second things enjoy doing, and the last, things you are good at. “The cross section of the three lists is your ikigai,” he said.

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CEEV: Transform your LinkedIn profile into a spectacular resume

CEEV

Stop wasting time typing up a new resume every time. Use what you already have – your LinkedIn profile. It only takes a click.

SOURCE: CEEV


5 big philosophical questions

5 questions

In modern times, the business of philosophy is no longer trying to attain empirical truths about the world (we’ve got science for that), but rather to critically explore concepts and notions informed, whenever possible, by science.

SOURCE: Footnotes to Plato


Here’s the list:

1. Do we really have free will?

2. Can we know anything at all?

3. Who am “I”?

4. What is death?

5. What would “global justice” look like?

Philosophical questions are unlikely to ever be answered definitively.

 

 

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