Commodity, firmness, and delight are a main focal point in the design process as well. Sir Henry Wotton describes commodity, firmness, and delight as the end product of well building. Commodity describes the function and how well it fits the structure; it’s a great fit for the building. It also plays on the physical control of the fit. Firmness obviously is talking about the stability of a structure and how it is built and the functional frame. Delight is how aesthetically pleasing a structure is or can be. Delight is the cultural symbolization. I believe these three things are a cohesive fit to the outer context to any design. As stated in class numerous times, size does in fact matter in design and context changes things in ways that we may not think of right off hand.
Harmony is a very important element in design and construction. “All elements of structure should be in harmony and everything should be happy.” (Class notes, 8/27/10). Interior architecture is described as a holistic program that focuses on human use. It is a way to manipulate spaces and constantly think about people and how they interact with the structure. Human interaction is something I have a passion for. I love to know how someone feels in a specific environment. I love knowing that something I could potentially create can make someone feel…happy. Architecture, as noted in the ‘Architecture of Happiness’ reading is something that has the power to change who a person is for the time being. It has the power to change attitudes and change emotions. This implies that there are many different undertones to design.
The way the mind works is very fascinating. It picks up on all these hidden meanings without recognition. Design can potentially have double meanings, hidden messages, and various relationships; as noted by Dick Hebdige. His thoughts were that there were “maps of meaning” and a subculture to design, which renders objects meaningful to the spectators. Design can also correspond to the mind of the producer and user as noted by Jules David. He felt strongly that there was always a link to the product and patterns of the mind. He found these things through description, deduction, and speculation.
So far, I’ve learned that architecture is not at all what it seems. There is way more than meets the eye. One must constantly “hunt the shadow”, strive for commodity, firmness, and delight, seek the happiness in architecture, and pay attention to the most miniscule of signs.