For Kant, the aesthetic experience of beauty depends on the harmonic free-play of imagination, uninhibited by concept but accentuated by pleasure. Nevertheless, to function as ‘free harmonies’ such an experience of beauty would seem to require ideas. This leads to a need to distinguish between a constitutive concept and a normative idea. Concepts are the primary categories of the understanding, attendant to specific sensible instances. As sense perceptions conform to concepts, the categories serve as ‘rules’ allowing us to identify common relations between representations. In this formulation, the understanding is the mental faculty through which knowledge obtains, enabling thought of objects. Ideas are higher-level thoughts that frame other thoughts, but do not form fundamental categories of the understanding. Ideas are thus representations that give rise to metaphysical beliefs. Ideas are special thoughts, which arise out of our knowledge of the empirical world, yet seem to point beyond observable nature to some transcendent realm.
“Reason, when employed in the field of experience, does not stand in need of criticism, because its principles are subjected to the continual test of empirical observation.” – Immanuel Kant
Circle the issue
Mexican dwellings, built into an ocean hillside, coordinate geometrically.
“That’s what artists do: they make views they wish to prevail. They wish their moral and political construction of the visual world to be the way the world looks, to be the way people look at the world.” – Dave Hickey
Wavelength far from home
Sturdy architecture sloping down to Playa La Ropa encourages remembrances of a concise visit to Zihuatanejo.
“Feel a hot wind on my shoulder, and the touch of a world that is older. Turn the switch and check the number, leave it on when in bed I slumber.” – Stan Ridgway
Arriving at the terminal drop-off point, a sensuous, curvaceous aesthetic impresses from close-up. Fantasy enchants through its own recreations.
“Engaging actively and intelligently with artworks involves exercising one of the aptitudes most closely associated with making them.” – James Grant
Allegorical structuralism located at the entrance edifice elicits attention. The semblance of order is comforting in the face of certain ambiguity.
“The general theoretical sciences form a kind of hierarchy in which each higher step is erected on the basis of the one below it.” – Franz Brentano
As an added bonus of a building’s means of access, strong directional sunlight illuminates the geometrical entrance feature. It is always nice when boundary nodes elicit moments of contemplation.
“This plot has taken shape in theoretical discourses and in practical attitudes, in modes of individual perception and in social institutions.” – Jacques Ranciere
Myth with form
Organizing experience in an aesthetic state of mind as a component of external exploration, a geometrical abstraction is extracted from a seaside town structural detail. Inspiration arises from a wide range of unpredictable sources.
“There is no manifold of coexisting ideas; the notion of such a thing is a chimera. Whatever things are thought in relation are thought from the outset in a unity, in a single pulse of subjectivity, a single psychosis, feeling, or state of mind.” – William James
An interesting structure caught my attention while riding around in a Zihuatanejo taxicab.
“A day tripper, a one way ticket yeah.” – John Lennon
Designed to protect
Sometimes events pass-by so rapidly that what remains is a vague impression. Nevertheless, such memory animates our histories, informing current actions. Remembering, perceiving, and imagining are all closely interacting in practical experience.
“A house constitutes a body of images that give mankind proofs or illusions of stability.” – Gaston Bachelard
On the way
Ontological foundations encourage imagination to reign in the organism-environmental interface. In this way, expressive architectural details find their meaning related to forms of human embodiment.
“Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.” – Yoshio Taniguchi