Nature and Simplicity by Anneke van Waesberghe

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

Humanity is on the verge of a paradigm shift that will take us away from exploiting each other and the planet. I created Haute Couture Architecture to contribute to that shift by presenting a simple-yet-luxurious lifestyle that unveils the hidden secrets within nature.

This book is for those ready to fight against the continuing onslaught of overconsumption and the attitude that nature is simply a resource to be exploited. We have forgotten that we are ourselves a part of Mother Nature. We need her to survive and thrive with us in it. We need her food, water, shelter, natural medicines, and the rhythms of her constant cycles. We find a place to relax and enjoy our lives in sustainable abodes we design and live in within nature.

As I learned to live without walls, I developed my design philosophy of Haute Couture Architecture to reflect a new "luxury of simplicity" that I had discovered; I didn't always understand the luxury of simplicity, however. I uncovered it over time through my travels, work, and search for a new way of life.

By the 1980s, problems with the acceptable ways of thinking and acting were becoming slowly less acceptable, especially in design and architecture. While modernism had produced some unique creations, it also conceived abominable creatures of disbelief that rattled people's understanding of what architecture was all about. Square building blocks became the norm worldwide. Modern architecture eventually covered the world in glass, steel, and concrete structures that cared nothing for nature or empathy for its residents. Many early moderns, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, however, celebrated the living world.

They embedded their structures and designs in nature and used Her natural efficiency to inspire their engineering. Simultaneously global culture became obsessed with having more than enough, just for the sake of having it, while anything local missed out on it. This loss of integrity started in the Western world and has unfortunately crossed all borders. It has been adopted by every individual exposed to it and resulted in designers coming to prefer an international profile over their cultural heritage. They lose their identities by creating products alluring to the avant-garde. Instead of noticing the start of overconsumption, designers and consumers alike diverted to what was trendy. All of us played a complicit role. We all willingly participated. We didn't pay enough attention to the importance of what comes naturally to us, the ultimate inspiration resource.

To buy the book: Haute Couture Architecture: “Living without Walls”

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