The Shape of Old Spaces

Peering at these old homes, so lovingly crafted using bare hands may leave one to wonder how today’s societies often get themselves so deep into making structures based mainly on profit. Hundreds of years in success confront me, yet the roofs in my mother’s suburban modern neighbourhood must be replaced in less than 10 years.

Thick cement and sturdy stone bricks adorned with stylized etched patterns beam over richly layered stairways and patios. Cobblestone lanes lay bare to crooked hillside alignments. Legitimate materials utilized to their fullest potential; rock, glass, metal, wood, porcelain, terracotta. Things built to withstand. Sculptured with affection. Pieced together with anticipated intention. Measured in centuries- in family heirlooms- in cultural pride and appreciation.

Their unabashed shelters crown the hillsides like an exotic royal king; ancient yet filled with many more reigns to proceed. One of these roof shingles, crafted by hand and intended to endure a siege of droplets and gales cannot be compared to processed, cheap linoleum, or getting a job finished on time as opposed to finished properly. IMG_3878.JPG

This era appears to have inherited a mentality of modernity and efficacy equating to hastily replacing “obsolete” objects to abide to relevancy. Yet this Disposable Kingdom defines itself in the title (I provided it, mind you). This entire generation cannot sustain itself should we continue deliberately constructing and concocting items which are intended to have brief moments of ownership before being discarded frivolously.

The beauty about the modern era is the collective innovations available to us within it- technology should not become exploited for a few with appetites for greed to dominate and suggest to us what is best based on their economic strategies. Instead, we can build using practical, sturdy and sustainable materials that last and still offer enjoyable, modern living.

Although this is a topic that can be vastly extrapolated on, just in the how contemplations alone, the essential message should be considered this: Home is where your rump rests. Your rump can rest much more in a home that doesn’t subsist on a threat of imminent collapse. Or even minor shingle mishaps.


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