Ever had that grim feeling as you drive through some urban bleakscape?

Utility and ugliness both begin with ‘u’ but they don’t need to be synonymous.  I coined the term ‘beautility’ to capture the meeting point of beauty and utility.  You’ll see this propounded elsewhere…

‘The world seemed to be owned by a freemasonry of petrol stations, monster tanks and towers and abstract structures of no human agency or purpose.’

Source: Russell Hoban, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (London: Picador, 1979), p. 141


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