HEARTH IN THE URBAN WOOD - on site

I approach architecture from a place often over-looked, ignored, even derided – that which identifies site as the point of encounter with the body. In this way, architecture is approached from the intimacy of space originating in haptic understanding: the making of architecture through ritual and technique. The search for what defines us in the shifting boundaries of our inside self with the outside world is the loci where architecture finds its agency. Everything follows from this principle: that the architectural process is not to be reduced to a simple linear trajectory, but rather that it is tangential, (and thus, experiential) in nature—divergent, different, affected—through its contact with other forces or trajectories which situate it in relative relationship to the world. The conditions always change. The line is never here nor there. It is both absent and present.

2012 // professor David Gersten
Rhode Island School of Design

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