Monday, 18 May 2009

Transitional spaces

Transitional spaces in architecture are a distinct sub-genre.  Hallways, waiting rooms, elevators, awnings, and even those little chutes that deposit us onto the plane are spaces you likely never think about, but, architects do.  Transitioning the senses from point a to point b is not only a visual and physical concern, but thermal and auditory issues are also considered.

We are in a transitional space of sorts with regard to the economy.  In the in-between zone of function and disfunction.  In architecture, when you are in the no-where land, you still have a fairly certain idea of where you will be next.  And you visualize it.  As well as think of where you were before.  The past/future spatial thinking keeps you from being in that dimly lit hallway.  Unless of course some architect has made it a "feature".  Then, you feel the sunlight on your shoulder and look out the window at the pretty fountain.

Back to the economy.  In the transitional space.  It glimmers as Goldman Sachs says buy Bank of America.  And simultaneously becomes dark and overcast as data casts horrid shadows on the wall.  Even the transitional space is ever shape-shifting, a hall of mirrors, not Versailles.

Well then.  So much for the economy, transitional spaces, and insights.  You'll have to make it up yourself.  With that, Missmarketcrash thinks Tyler Cowen's  upcoming new book is so very neatly timely...
Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World (Dutton)

Either buy that, or, fly somewhere tropical and check out the airport.

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