Nature Sounds - Rain
The body craves what the soul needs.
Memory older than you cups hands at the fountain.
You have never heard of water.
What does architecture have to say now? We live in a precarious time and no one really talks about it. Architecture is at a pause. Architecture, which has gained so much energy from the fervor of the movement of the moment and the eventual death of it and birth of another, has no more movements.
The large amount of discourse within our discipline has given us the illusion that we have moved forward.
Actually we have continually stripped, re-appropriated and dissected the same object over and over again. Renaissance, Baroque, American Colonial, Greek Revival, Beaux Art, Modernism, Post Modernsim - through all these movements the DNA of Western Architecture has stayed the same. The composition of space, what it includes programmatically was never challenged. The program of the American house for example has not changed since the settlers came here in the 1600’s. Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen.
The problems and the realities of the 21st century, specifically trauma has created a new type of being and requires a new type of architectural thought to house them.
Architecture’s mode of thinking and pre-occupations will have to evolve to become relevant and gain life in these times. My hypothesis is that this is the next place for architecture to go, a place of dealing with the real issues of humanity in the now time. How can we assist them?
For example, when considering a housing problem we have to think about not only how much housing we can fit in a square footage, or simply using local materials respecting the local vernacular. We also have to look at the people who will live there. Who are they? What does the place mean to them? Is the project a part of gentrification? Are the residents afraid of this? What do others think about this place? How does this affect the residents? What type of architectural interventions can address these issues? What might these issues add to program, signage, form?
The beginning point in architecture for me was this - All the spaces my body needed were absent.
why do houses need permanence, when we aren’t permanent?
temples were places where people went to commune with spirits or even higher parts of themselves that couldn’t be present in the everyday secular world.
they were sacred simply because we said so. we designated and named the spaces. we gave them intention.
spent a long time trying to figure out where they connect.
i burned the names of some people tonight.
ashes fell to the ground like tears.