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I’m doing PAP Upper, PAP Lower. Heads up–I’m a grower, not a shower. I hooked up with a girl and told her to go slower. She told me to go lower. I’m like, “Nah, we just met.” I’m not really tryna taste test or take requests. I’ve been saving my paychecks, okay? She suggest that I Lisa Left Eye…
Understand, what something is, is different from what it communicates. For what you see, is not at all what you get. This is the subversion of instant persuasion and the re-introduction of interaction as it occurs with ones self, with others, and with space.
Make an image of our aesthetics in their intoxication and want of intoxication. Now see architecture, and its mask of visual seduction, which creates a depthless world of appearances. Understand that we are always looking for the newest, the biggest, and the best of our time, constantly in pursuit of innovation. As a result, architecture has lost its complexity, its contradiction and its deeper meaning. It is an over saturated society where the masses have developed a numbness that is the gaze at which they see and evaluate architecture.
Now consider the image through its process and its experience; showcasing its artist, its media, and its emotion. You will see the artist in their own world, pouring their heart and soul into their work, unaware of what is to become of it. Imagine architecture as their advertiser, advocating movement through a series of spaces as to experience an artistic process. Notice each new space as the topmost layer of individualistic expression; a layer that will eventually be forgotten as change is revealed through time. This is a reaction against the image; a re-introduction to architecture as something that is experienced, analyzed and understood. Its past and its process are understood. Its being and function are analyzed. And its moments of meaning and emotion are revealed as the current conditions of space are experienced.
make an image of our aesthetics in their intoxication and want of intoxication. now see architecture, and its mask of visual seduction which creates a depthless world of appearances. understand we are always looking for the newest, the biggest, and the best of our time in a pursuit to create anew for the sake of innovation. and as a result, architecture has lost its deeper meaning. you must imagine an over saturated society where its masses have developed a numbness that is the gaze at which they see and evaluate architecture. now consider architecture as its own advertiser. imagine the experience that is created by the progression of spatial layers. within each layer an image is revealed in the form of an architectural moment. as each moment becomes linked with the next, the architectural experience is created.
architecture as a relief from society’s peripheral saturation
re-introducing movement and flow as an interaction between a series of layered spaces can create a relief from society’s peripheral saturation. by offering fluid transition through space and a heightened awareness of ones experience within these spaces, architecture can move beyond the creation of the anti analytical “gaze” and focus on its ability to project meaning, feeling and emotion among individuals.
make an image of our nature in its education and want of education. now see human beings as though they are prisoners, confined to a cave, with a long entrance that reveals only a glimpse of light from outside. imagine these people are exposed only to the saturated images of a contemporary city that is designed as individual structures all fighting to become an eternal icon. now consider, one of these human beings confined to the cave, is told of the architecture that exists outside the cave. it is no surprise, he would believe what he has been seeing to be truer than the things he is being told now. what then if he was dragged down the long entrance of the cave and thrown out, into the light. his eyes would be unable to see any of these truths at first, but he would slowly begin to make out the forms, as they really exist. and as this man becomes accustomed to the light, he slowly moves through the spaces of this architecture, each moment more revealing than the last. the first space he encounters is that of complete seclusion. for a short moment he loses his sense of direction, consumed entirely by a sense of privacy within such openness. his eyes have just about adjusted to the light as he slips into an adjacent space. it is at this moment where the man experiences his first ecstasy. he is forced into an environment much the opposite of the last. there is an abundance of people, some quickly passing by in an orderly freedom as most others are scattered throughout the space indulging in various activities. as one may assume, this space is overwhelming for a man of the architectural cave to be thrust into. hesitantly, he moves into the pedestrian flow towards the threshold on the far end of the space. imagine his reaction as he finds himself back in another quiet space, nothing as tranquil as the first, but a relief from the second space. as his nerves calm, he is drawn to the extremities of the space where he becomes engulfed by embarrassment. he is looking into the first space, there his feeling of utmost seclusion and privacy was possibly being watched. what did he look like? what was he doing? he scours his brain for answers but can’t seem to remember. not surprising, the spatial experience had overtaken him for those brief moments. accepting his defeat to the space, the man exits the last space and finds himself standing above the cave’s entrance. suppose he returns to the cave to share his knowledge with the rest of the cave. what will they say? this man can now see ten thousand times better than the people of the cave because of his experience and among the abundance of information, has found meaning. he now recognizes the men who have designed the cities of the cave have all fought to become the best, a domestic struggle that becomes the death of the collective. the architects of the city have been fighting for the image of an eternal architectural icon. every building has competed to be the newest, the biggest, the most sustainable in the city, but in this pursuit have they all become self centered and vain? Among this heap of fragments, one asks; what is an icon and what of its essence can benefit the collective spirit of the city? the contemporary focus of architecture as an image is replaced; presupposing ephemerality and promoting possibility, opportunity, and change through the interactive movement through adjacent spaces.
i imagine today’s public as a group of people who have lived in a contemporary world cluttered with meaningless images. these people watch shadows of architecture that hide the essence of what is really behind the form, and begin to preconceive ideas about the architectural experience. i want to introduce an unassuming architecture that reveals truth through its progression of space and its ability to adapt through time.