We want to live in a place that is beautiful. After all we want the good life in our community and to us that includes an aesthetical architecture and design, in which we’re comfortable and that emanates warmth, a feeling of security and cosiness, creativity and individuality.
While aesthetics is important to us, we want it to be in due proportion to expenditure and other necessary work and of course we also want to consider economy and ecology of each project. Meaning: Aesthetics isn’t any more important to us than other aspects, but it is important to us.
Everybody has their own taste and feeling of aesthetics. So to clarify what we actually want: We do not want punk-aesthetics (pallets, stickers, graffiti, dirt, chaos, unlovingly ramshackled furniture made out of garbage, industry, etc) nor banker-aesthetics (glas, plastic, metal, concrete, square, anti-life).
A couple of styles we like and which we can imagine using for our community: Hobbit, Gaudí, waldorf, Hundertwasser, elbs, eco, oriental / eastern, Roman, Indian, colonial-style, truss, one-world-shop, Art Nouveau / Jugendstil. Building materials that we think fit: Loam / clay, straw, hay, wood, natural stone, ceramic, stained glass, wool, hemp.
A part of aesthetics is, that there isn’t trash everywhere. No matter is it’s actual waste or important, usable things, it just always looks dingy and non-cosy. We want to avoid producing waste, but when there is some on site, we want to get rid of it one way or the other. Things that are waste for some people can be recycled and made into new and sometimes better things, of course. In that case we want those things (i.e. plastic bottles) to be cleaned and stored in a central place, so that they can be found easily and appreciated as a resource. We want to establish reasonable storage-systems in general for all kinds of things and here it’s not just about aesthetics, but also about non-hierarchy (we want everybody to be able to cook but they’ll have to be able to find the wooden spoon and pots for that first).