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Ch. 1, pp.46–55

Ch. 1, pp.46–55
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* * * 1.4 Settlements Survey II – Houses with “thresholds” “Thresholds” are in the gap between two realms ”Thresholds” are in-between the large community that is the polis and the small community that is the house (oikos), and have the role of mediating between the two so the community that is the house (oikos) is […]

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Ch. 1 pp.35–46

Ch. 1 pp.35–46
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* * * 1.3 Settlements Survey I – The appearance of the outside Settlements were part of the topography I participated in a survey of settlements conducted from 1973 by Hiroshi Hara’s studio in the Institute of Industrial Science at Tokyo University. This survey was continuous field work to survey settlements and their housing in various […]

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Ch. 1, pp. 23-35

Ch. 1, pp. 23-35
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* * * 2 The spatial structure of polis and the spatial concept of “threshold” The “threshold connects and at the same time separates The “no-man’s-land” space was a space not only characteristic of Ancient Greece but, when thinking about urban space, is a universal concept. The word we use for spaces such as this […]

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Ch. 1, pp. 18-23

Ch. 1, pp. 18-23
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* * * “Privacy” has the meaning of “separated“ Many polis were colonies and their townscapes were planned as grids and, even if there were occasional variations due to topography or other special circumstances. (Benevolo [ref. History of the City 1, p.107]), all colony cities were fundamentally grids because it was necessary for the “urban […]

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Ch. 1, pp.14–17

Ch. 1,  pp.14–17
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* * * Chapter 1: “Threshold” as a spatial concept 1.1 What is “no-man’s-land”?1.2 The spatial structure of polis and the spatial concept of “gap” 1.3 Town and Village Survey I – The appearance of the outside1.4 Town and Village Survey II – Housing with a “threshhold” • • •  Chapter 1: “Threshold” as a spatial concept A puzzling […]

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Pattern

Pattern
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Hi Graham! What are your thoughts on the overall theory given by Christopher Alexander and Nikos Salingaros? How well does it sit with the Hannes Meyer’s Approach and the overall approach that you have been advocating for in architecture? I have some idea about Leon Krier and his work with Prince Charles in Britain and […]

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Externalization

Externalization
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Sigmund Freud is generally regarded as the father of psychoanalysis, that revolutionary circa 1900 idea that aimed to externalize and give expression to people’s innermost feelings in order to gain an understanding of them and, if not a happier life, at least a life less torn by anxieties and insecurities. The Expressionism of the late […]

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16 Types of Beauty

16 Types of Beauty
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Historically, defining beauty as singular, mysterious or beyond explanation must have served some function such as helping perpetrate some system of aesthetic elitism or stylistic churn. I only say that because it still does. Claiming, as I am, that architectural, visual Beauty is not the mystery it’s made out to be isn’t a popular stance. […]

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More Words

More Words
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If we just look at the left half of the image above, you’ll see the six categories that I call fundamental building attributes across the top, and below each of them are sixteen possible values – states they can take, effects they can produce. The state of any one attribute is independent of those of the […]

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Words and Buildings

Words and Buildings
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The previous post in this series described how this framework interpreted some words like Change, Transience, Uncertainty and Disquiet as far as architectural aesthetics is concerned. The aesthetic heyday of any building designed in the fashion of the moment will be fleeting but no building is aesthetically timeless. At the outset, I made it clear […]

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Notes & Exceptions

Notes & Exceptions
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We’re almost done. Over the past twenty months, at the rate of one post per month, I’ve explained how this thing called The Architecture of Architectures came about and what it claims to do, and I’ve described how the sixteen aesthetic effects are derived from a simple structure that shows both how they are different […]