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What is architecture? Whenever attempting to give a definition of material things and their sciences, I often discover there is an inevitable feeling that one has participated in a sort of reductio ad essentia, that in trying to get at the essence of a thing I have accepted the skeleton at the expense of the flesh and blood. This uneasiness stems from my struggle with the apparent contradiction between two Aristotelian beliefs: 1) that we truly know a thing when we have defined its essence; 2) that metaphor, which lies between the unknowable and the commonplace, most produces knowledge. Unless, of course, there is a resolution to be found within the tension by positing that even the definition is itself metaphorical, meaning literally that it carries meaning beyond itself. Continue reading
A theoretical esign for a church within an assigned space along a typical NYC brownstone block on the upper west side, across from central park. A S. Maria della Pace inspired Beaux Arts style church facade, dedicated to St. John the Beloved Apostle (whose statue, along with St. John the Baptist, comprise the niche statuary on the lower register). Part of an office holiday gift collage. Dec. 2011.