The essay by Perla Serfaty-Garzon "I
Live in a Beautiful House, on a Beautiful Street in Beautiful
Montreal: Notes on Well-being and the Experience of Place
Aesthetics" tells a story about love of "Mediterranean
beauty" as a home base from which she assesses, appraises
and understands other places and herself. She succeeds in
poetic terms to describe physical aspects of the environment,
and she examines aesthetic qualities of times during the day
and life, spoken words, and activities and people in different
places related to her experience of well-being and beauty.
Mediterranean beauty is especially precious and touching in
arid areas and surprising when experienced in the North. It
has personal roots in childhood and constitutes familiarity
also related to other countries, clmates, places and people
wilh respect to the awareness and appreciation of beauty.
Beauty becomes a phenomenon equally related to the atmosphere
of places as to the person experiencing il. Bearing this in
mind it is encouraging to read an essay writlen by an experienced
researcher highlighting the essence of aesthetic awareness
and multisensuous experiences as interacting, childhood-influenced,
mood-inspired and social-related phenomena. It shows with
great conviction the difficulty of performing reasonable research
on separate, aesthetic matters, trying to isolate certain
aspects of a total experience.
One way of making us more aware of these interactions is to
ask people to tell their personal stories on aesthetic experiences
or ask researcher to write essays as we do here.
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Perla Serfaty-Garzon, "I Live in a Beautiful House,
on a Beautiful Street in Beautiful Montreal: Notes on Well-being
and the Experiences of Place Aesthetics"
in Aesthetics, Well-being and Health
Essays within architecture and environmental aesthetics
Edited by Birgit Cold, Ethnoscapes, Ashgate (UK). pp. 241-248