Former Managing Director of the Turning Torso skyscraper in Sweden, Johnny Örbäck, once stated the following “hierarchy of needs” (in an episode of Extreme Engineering): what we need is Love, Food and a Beautiful Place to Live.
In that very order!
I like this vision of priorities better than the unnecessarily linear “hierarchy of needs” by Maslow in which the satisfaction of physiological and logistical needs precedes the emergence of relational and existential preoccupations.
Örbäck’s “hierarchy of needs” also reminds me of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s statement in the Idiot: “Beauty will save the world.”
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Last reviewed: 17 Jul 2012