Category Archives: Architecture

Buttonwood

Superior ease
Movements foreseen
Present attitudes

Graceful movements submit to an internal rhythm accompanied by accumulated multiple instances of cultural music.

“The perception of ease in motion passes over into the pleasure of mastering the flow of time and of holding the future in the present.” – Henri Bergson

Precisionist

Simple moment
Brief interlude
Pass through

A clinically precise, simple, and clean-edged vision of ancillary architecture stops the explorer in his tracks. Patches of organized color, following the physics of waves, renders such separations as relational exaggerations.

“Photography is nature seen from the eyes outward, painting from the eyes inward.” – Charles Sheeler

Enumerated Repetition

Sequence position
Context convention
Natural law

Solid shelter protection opposed to tempests and uncertainties offers mental affinities. When the built environment is comfortable and nice, consciousness is conditioned to amiably interact.

“A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.” – Margaret Fuller

Guerrero Banana Plantation

Rich soil
Much sunshine
Frequent heavy rains

Surprisingly, bananas are the most consumed fruit in the United States. Although not indigenous to Mexico, banana exports have risen rapidly in recent years. The production of bananas for export came with colonialism, promoted as bringing ‘modernity’ to tropical regions by making beneficial use of otherwise worthless jungle.

“Time flies like an arrow – but fruit flies like a banana.” – Terry Wogan

Immediately Secure

Urgent tones
Indicate externally
Besides paradigmatic

Coordinating substances and incidents alike, the intricate detail put into a transitional portal passively attracts attention pulled into the future. Rather than the basis for action, time emerges from action.

“It is extremely wholesome . . . to let the realities of life split upon an arbitrary interest. You transform something accidental into the absolute, and, as such, into the object of your admiration.” – Søren Kierkegaard

Primary Embodiment

Unknown quantity
Demonstrated
Inductively

A distinction understood in terms of objects, Kant divides knowledge into sensitive and intellectual. Attending to the sensitive, form and matter interlace. Matter is what is given by the presence of sensible substance. Contributed by the knowing subject, form co-ordinates matter as the necessary condition of sensitive knowledge.

“Philosophy is not the reflection of a pre-existing truth, but, like art, the act of bringing truth into being.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Normative Claim

Objective properties
Contrasting pleasure
Affective response

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

Which is What

Close proximity
Circle the issue
Wider audience

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

Terraced Villa

Concrete structure
Condition fortification
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

Dulles Exterior

Element facet
Precise alignment
Meticulous detail

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