We:Generation is a journal about regenerative development. I blog about its practice & expression through design, food systems, spirituality, systems thinking, architecture, education, land use, politics and technology. Plus the occasional stream of consciousness and random babel.

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Architecture Manifesto - 5 Year Anniversary

Backdating this thought to January 19, 2012 at Harvard GSD.  I will never forget when Mack Scogin, my thesis advisor who hands-down made my GSD career worthwhile, said to me at the end of my thesis presentation, "keep writing that manifesto!"

My research premise :

This thesis attempts to test the extent to which
loci & imagines
can provoke perception visually, haptically & mentally,
with the aim to re-establish form & space as a
primary mnemonic device to stimulate, create & sustain memories.
It recognizes memory as
the root of imagination & creativity,
& argues for its creation and sustainment through space and imagery,
for it is one of the few truly renewable resource
in our paradoxical culture of over-stimulation and banality.


After a semester-long relationship with the apocalyptic Salton Sea, designing a floating House for Isolation, a Haptic Community Theater and a ginormous Garden of Time, my GSD career ended on this note. So here it is! 

Architecture is a fiction.
Architecture is a noun that cannot be a verb.
But it embodies both a process and an objectified end.
Architecture manipulates one's feelings in relation to its environment.
It cheats.

Architecture beyond building is unnecessary and useless. Who cares?
Architecture is a surplus; yet when legitimized by other means, needs to be done beautifully, with precision and adequacy.
Like plastic surgery.

Architecture is everything but architecture.

Architecture is about creating meaningful fiction.
Architecture is a local, precise, physical intervention. 
Yet it cannot escape from being a magnifier of consequence,
Simply by being.

To be truly “green” would be to un-create, to not realize architecture.
If we do materialize form,
How can architecture amplify latent flows in a positive way,
At a large scale beyond its specificity?

Reason and rationality in architecture should not be confused with the rigor of a persistent idea or performative agenda,
Reason in architecture does not speak of an easy predictability
It is not an art form for communicating rationality.
Like music, it is heartfelt.

As architects, we should develop a mindful acceptance that a visitor's mental faculty is incapable of conceptualizing what they experience.
That darkness may frame public-ness more clearly than bright spaces,
That an intimate space connects to the exterior more directly than darkness.
That scale can be manipulated such that there is no point of reference,
Be it from the exterior or interior,
One experiences a complete fiction of scale.

Page on my thesis project coming soon. Stay tuned!

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