Sun, Jul 27, 2003, 3:56am (EDT-4) firstname.lastname@example.org (charlieb)
says: I'm interested in factors which contribute to a good design. I
think that cultural biases play a role, perhaps a significant role.
I don't see it. I think you are trying to mix different subjects
here. Anyway, part of the design of something is what it is, or will be
A bridge is a bridge. Used to cross rivers, valleys, highways,
whatever. That's basic, no matter what the culture. As long as it
works. A design can be the most beautiful in the world, and if it won't
hold up in use, bad design. A butt-ugly design, but holds up, good
design. However, if you want to "pretty up" the second bridge, while
still keeping it strong, that would be aesthetics.
I see cultural differences in a bridge as being mostly material
available. I have seen pictures of foot bridges in South America woven
from fibres. That's what's available, it works. Joint effort for a
week maybe, and they have a bridge usable for years. Cost? Their
labor. Seen very similar food bridges in other parts of the world, with
steel cable. Cost? A lot more, but usable a lot longer.
Always put off until tomorrow something which, tomorrow, you could put
off until, let's say, next year.
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