The following is a post, a response, and my reply to a LinkedIn conversation that I didn’t want to lose.
THE POST: Another beautiful piece by David Brussat: "Ornament is not merely the jewelry of architecture but its very essence, the expression of a building’s purpose, its aspirations and its place on the street but also in the heart and soul of society."
FIRST RESPONSE: I disagree. Not ornament but rational and sensitive use of site, structure and function are the essence of architecture. (Author note: “rational” and “sensitive” remain undefined matters of opinion that seriously weaken shelter design credibility.)