Body memory and architecture

Body memory and architecture

Discuss the relationship between building dwelling and the notion of home drawing on ethnographic examples
Discuss the relationship between building dwelling and the notion of home drawing on ethnographic examples
Understanding building as a process enables architecture to be considered as a form of material culture Processes of building and dwelling are interconnected according to Ingold 2000 who also calls for a more sensory appreciation of dwelling as provided by Bloomer and Moore 1977 and Pallasmaa 1996 who suggest architecture is a fundamentally haptic experience A true dwelt perspective is therefore established in appreciating the relationship between dwelling the notion of home and how this is enframed by architecture We must think of dwelling as an essentially social experience as demonstrated by Helliwell 1996 through analysis of the Dyak Longhouse Borneo to enable us to harbour a true appreciation of space devoid of western visual bias This bias is found within traditional accounts of living space Bourdieu 2003 and Humphrey 1974 which do however demonstrate that notions of home and subsequently space are socially specific Life activities associated with dwelling sociality and the process of homemaking as demonstrated by Miller 1987 allow a notion of home to be established in relation to the self and haptic architectural experience Oliver 2000 and Humphrey 2005 show how these relationships are evident in the failures of built architecture in Turkey and the Soviet Union

When discussing the concept of building the process is twofold The word building contains the double reality It means both the action of the verb build and that which is builtboth the action and the result Bran 19942 With regards to building as a process and treating that which is built architecture as a form of material culture it can be likened to the process of making Building as a process is not merely imposing form onto substance but a relationship between creator their materials and the environment For Pallasmaa 1996 the artist and craftsmen engage in the building process directly with their bodies and existential experiences rather than just focusing on the external problem A wise architect works with hisher entire body and sense of selfIn creative workthe entire bodily and mental constitution of the maker becomes the site of work 199612 Buildings are constructed according to specific ideas about the universe embodiments of an understanding of the world such as geometrical comprehension or an appreciation of gravity Lecture The process of bringing structures into being is therefore linked to local cultural needs and practices1 Thinking about the building process in this way identifies architecture as a form of material culture and enables consideration of the need to construct buildings and the possible relationships between building and dwelling

Ingold 2000 highlights an established view he terms the building perspective an assumption that human beings must construct the world in consciousness before they

can act within it 2000153 This involves an imagined separation between the perceiver and the world upon a separation between the real environment existing independently of the senses and the perceived environment which is constructed in the mind according to data from the senses and cognitive schemata 2000178 This assumption that human beings recreate the world in the mind before interacting with it implies that acts of dwelling are preceded by acts of worldmaking 2000179 This is what Ingold identifies as the architects perspective buildings being constructed before life commences inside the architects perspective first plan and build the houses then import the people to occupy them 2000180 Instead Ingold suggests the dwelling perspective whereby human beings are in an inescapable condition of existence within the environment the world continuously coming into being around them and other human beings becoming significant through pat

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