Making Place for the Sacred
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.
The science of ancient egypt was about maintaining purity. Everything was toward this goal - incense, oils, music, massage, art, architecture, rituals, etc. The goal was to continually cleanse away all the damage that being on this planet can cause and maintain the true pure self.
it will be there until you express it - set it free.
my words were dangerous. the moment they escaped in sound, i started stumbling. i was like a bird who birthed herself, unsure on her own feet.
i wish i could find the poem that undid me.
I want to get away. I want to fly away.
"I want to speak about the importance of homeplace in the midst of oppression and domination, of homeplace as a site of resistance and liberation struggle."
Questions for the Subject
What do they need to enact daily and how can the material support that? What destructive images exist outside their window that they need to mute? What positive images do they need to siphon in? Here wall and openings become symbolic.
Taking into account all the development that has been made in regards to the concept of man, a reflective change in buildings has not occurred. If man is not the Vitruvian Man of dimensions, but that of lived experience - architecture needs to reflects this in order to house him properly.
Looking at architecture in this way - as the container of a psychoanalytic self positions modernism as a failure.
What did it change? The composition of space, what it included 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, are all that exist as if people are only functional, as if the only thing they need to do is sleep, eat, bathe and watch tv.
Form was discussed and argued over, the virtues of lack of ornamentation, orthogonality, grid-likeness, pilotis, flat roofs. The social and personal implications of architecture remained status quo. Architecture fell upon itself, using itself as a reference and never extended outside of its small circle, toward to the outside world - toward people. The subsequent Post-Modernism and Deconstruction were also surface modifications that involved materiality, not architecture as the interface between man and space - its criticality.