Earthworld Architects and Interiors
in the making of meaningful things…
with our world becoming more and more global - virtual and less defined, the need for defining the “Heimat” has become greater than ever. Meaning has become more important than ever. Falling Waters by Frank Lloyd Wright, built for the Kauffmann Family in the 20’s of the Twentieth Century, transcends the Physical to become Icons; to become “Meaningful Things”. It epitomized progress without being Industrial...A symbol of Innovation whilst Acknowledging the Context without trying to Imitate or Assimilate.
The wordplay is important as the “Industrial” refers to the systemization of technology. Falling Waters defined (at that stage) the difference between Building and Architecture. Today, however, Architecture is moving more and more towards the system; or architecture’s critical relationship to the system within which it functions. The Complex Contextual Matrix of Fitting into the Global as well as the Neighbourhood has brought Architecture to a Cross Road. With Cities and Communities becoming Virtual the role of the Architect as “Place Maker” are changing. Identifying with certain culture, without actually or physically being at a certain location has become the norm. Gathering Meaning in Things (Heidegger) is becoming increasingly arbitrary.
Context - Physical (Global, Regional, National, Urban, Neighbourhood) have changes to associations rather than locations. Especially in a country with “Real Problems” this is more evident than anywhere else in the World. Buildings can have a much greater role than merely fulfilling a critical function. Every intervention must have maximum benefit on an Industrial, Social, Economic and most Important, Phenomenological level. Every opportunity to build must be used as catalyst for change and up-liftment. Although the scale and field of impact may differ the general goal remains the same.
The question however, remains. Has the role of the Architect changed? Are we becoming designers of systems, applying “technology”… or do we create modern cathedrals, structures that transcend reality. Buildings that become Icons, Gathering Meaning rather than being machines. Buildings that becomes Central Figures in the Drama of Everyday Life.
In pursuit of beauty ... a single brush stroke should suffice.
a building should be simple; yet provocative and dynamic.
a building should be an emotional experience, move you
technology and program guide the process
a building defines the inhabitant’s relationship to the world itself...
the way it’s entered
an existential reference
pay homage to the site,
have respect for function,
embrace the natural and man made order,
be harmonious with nature and climate,
pay service to aesthetic values.