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3: ATTACH

3: ATTACH
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Here’s Farnsworth House again but this time the surroundings aren’t green but white. What’s going on? Snow fell, obviously, but the building is no longer some white thing in contrast with its surroundings. It’s still white but it’s a very distinct and different aesthetic effect. Colour to 2: ATTACH It’s still an example of Colour […]

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2: DETACH

2: DETACH
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The two fundamental tangible attribute behaviours of SEPARATE and UNITE can’t explain everything. It’s true they’re what all people see but, precisely because of that, they’re also the basis for other, more complex types of aesthetic judgments. Conventionally, discussions of architectural aesthetics have obsessed about qualities such as ‘harmony’, ‘proportion’, ‘rhythm’, and ‘scale’ and these […]

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1: UNITE

1: UNITE
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In the previous post of this series, 0: SEPARATE, it was necessary to talk about an attribute of a building (i.e. Colour, Pattern, Shape, Position, Alignment or Size) as being either different from its surroundings, or not being different. Things will be easier now there will be 1: UNITE to contrast it with. UNITE is […]

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0: SEPARATE

0: SEPARATE
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SEPARATE is one of the two fundamental architectural effects that form the core of the other fourteen. From a very early age we are taught to judge whether two things are the same or different. SEPARATE is when an attribute of a building is different from that of its surroundings. In this next image, the […]

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The Architecture of Architectures (2007~)

The Architecture of Architectures (2007~)
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There were many iterations of The Architecture of Architectures between the 2007 draft and the current form it essentially assumed in 2014. The problem was always how to communicate a non-linear framework that organises and at the same time describes aesthetic phenomena. Non-linear information has to be comprehended first as a structure and only later […]

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The 2007 Draft: Preface

The 2007 Draft: Preface
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The reality shown in the photograph above must have looked beautiful to photographer Virgile Lafreniere and, thanks to him, the ideas evoked by that reality are beautiful for us to contemplate. The igloo isolated in its inhospitable landscape says something of man’s tenacious existence on the planet. The entrance and the aurora borealis mirrored about […]

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Art As Houses

Art As Houses
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Well before the middle of last century there was a tradition of photographing the interiors of houses as idealised worlds where everything was tidy and and befitting whatever architectural message the house was meant to convey. We haven’t really moved on. Then came the following photograph that upped the ante and made the very lives […]

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The Architect as Ornament

The Architect as Ornament
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It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.“ This […]