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[ Q ] Используй то, что будет здесь доступно всегда // How Websites Learn

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New College, Oxford, is of rather late foundations, hence the name. It was founded around the late 14th century. It has, like other colleges, a great dining hall with big oak beams across the top, yes? These might be two feet square, forty-five feet long.

A century ago, so I am told, some busy entomologist, went up into the root of the dining hall with a penknife and poked at the beams and found that they were full of beetles. This was reported to the College Council, who met in some dismay, because where would they get beams of that calibre nowadays?

One of the Junior Fellows stuck his neck out and suggested that there might be on College lands some oak. These colleges are endowed with pieces of land scattered across the country. So they called in the College Forester, who of course had not been near the college itself for some years, and asked him about oaks.

And he pulled his forelock and said, “Well sirs, we was wonderin’ when you’d be askin’.”

Upon further enquiry it was discovered that when the College was founded, a grove of oaks had been planted to replace the beams in the dinning hall when they became beetly, because oak beams always become beetly in the end. This plan had been passed down from one Forester to the next for five hundred years. “Your don’t cut them oaks. Them’s for the College Hall.”

A nice story. That’s the way to run a culture.

Excerpt from Stuart Brand’s How Buildings Learn.

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Brutally oversimplifying Brand’s premise, he argues that modern architecture and building practises are ignoring what happens to buildings after they are built. Buildings are designed to be impressive on opening day and in 3D computer models, but not to be livable in the long term. When the ribbon is cut on opening day, many architects see their jobs as finished. So too are many websites designed to look good in the portfolio of the designer, no deeper than the front page. They aren’t designed to be lived in - they are not designed to be used, either by the visitors or by those who maintains the site.

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