The great wines of the world come from taking a longer view of things than is common in modern world. Immediacy and haste have supplanted reaping long term rewards of well‐laid plans in all but a few corners of endeavor. Great design comes from moments of inspiration tempered by experience and foresight. Conscientiously choosing a long‐term approach in life is the ‘cultured stance.’
Of the many systems for taking care of the land, the biodynamic system takes a cultured stance toward the responsibilities of stewardship. Within the realm of architecture and design, refined sustainability is a cultured response to the challenge of limited resources and a changing world.
Designers chasing faddish technologies and keeping scorecards on how bad one might have been leads to unsatisfactory compromise and middling results. A cultured stance on sustainability takes a different approach based on three elegant goals: Longevity, Pragmatism, and Timelessness.
Timelessness in design ensures use and appreciation throughout the life of a work of architecture. This is not only the product of good taste, thoughtful organization, refined detailing and thorough craftsmanship while also being pragmatic and constructing for longevity ‐ it is also
an attitude about the essential.
‘A designer knows they have achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.’
– Antoine de Saint‐Exupery