Survey: Does Design Matter?

When discussing cob building, Sean noted "frankly, most of the building in the cob revival have been downright ugly" commenters called us snobs and one went so far as to suggest that "With your senseless knock on cute, timeless, and sustainable cob building you have shown just where "" stands... vapid consumerist bandwagon jumpers" and invited us to go "Choke on a $7 organic quince"

I look at the plan of the cob building discussed in the post (bigger below fold) and find it confusing. I see square beds that barely fit into round rooms. While I congratulate the Bairds for revitalizing a timeless and sustainable building type, I do not think it cute. It is not a "fashion" mentality; good design is timeless.