Structure & Space
“But since henceforth we shall not be undertaking anything without the aid of the imagination, it will be worthwhile to distinguish carefully those ideas by means of which the individual meanings of our words are to be conveyed to our intellect. To this end we suggest for consideration the following three ways of talking: ‘Extension occupies a place’, ‘Body possesses extension’, and ‘Extension is not body’...” (Descartes, Rules for the Direction of the Mind, 442 – 443, p60)
August Schmarsow believed that we start from space and then proceed to generate form. He named that “Aesthetic from within”. For him the essence of every architectural creation since the beginning of time is not its form, but the fact that it is a “Spatial construct”.
Architectural concepts of space in contemporary architecture are becoming more complex. Technology of new materials is advancing rapidly by introducing new ones and reshaping the role of the traditional ones. Structural systems applied in buildings today are not there merely to support the building but also to define programmatic and conceptual requirements in various visible and not so visible ways. Cartesian geometry is frequently not sufficient to define or articulate structure in buildings. Architects are often turning to geometry inspired by nature, fractal geometry, and random patterns for inspiration during the design process.
The primary goal of our research is to examine the relationship within architectural space — structures — materials continuum. We are looking for the correlation between architectural space and structures both within and outside of the strict architectural realm. The objects of analysis are primarily buildings (old and new) but also moving objects like cars, airplanes, space ships, boats...
“Presence of God emanates from every part of the universe”
Schelling’s natural philosophy (1790)
“Beauty is the visible proof of the inner intelligence of nature”
“God is in the details”