THESIS NARRATIVE/RELEVANCE/MEANING (Narrative (Why narrative ? (In many…
Why the wall ?
Rem khoolaas about Berlin Wall: “the wall is not stable, and it is not a single entity, as I thought. It is more a situation, a permanent, slow-motion evolution, some of it abrupt and clear,y planned, some of it improvised.”
In spite of its apparent abscense of program, the wall in its relatively short life had provoked and sustained an incredible bunker of events behaviors and effects.
The wall should be studied since it was always there it was this “backdrop” to receive the repercussions of the context unfolding around it.
Ultimate testing grounds
It was clearly about communication (Berlin wall), semantic maybe, but it’s meaning changed almost daily, sometimes by the hour. It was affected by more by events and decisions and thousands of miles away than by physical manifestations
The meaning of the wall grew out of micro as well as macro context. Testing the semantics of architecture and it’s capability to be metaphoric as it meaning grows out of context.
How can the wall remain relevant through time ?
Why narrative ?
In many literary writings the built environment is sets the order for the narrative. It sketches the atmosphere in which the narrative unfolds.
What does it mean to be part of a narrative ?
Tschumi: architecture’s inherent confrontation of space and use and the inevitable disjunction of the two terms means that architecture is constantly unstable, constantly on the verge of change. It is paradoxical that three thousand years of architectural ideology have tried to assert the very opposite: that architecture is about stability, solidity, foundation. Pg 19
Reason behind choosing the wall
paradox between stability of wall and impermanence of meaning
Tschumi: not to include the uncertainties of use, action, and movement in the definition of architecture meant that the architecture’s ability to be a factor of social change was simply denied.
Exploring and investigating the semiotics of architecture through the focus on the processes of the production of meaning, values, feelings, ideologies and power through the articulation and organization of space
Architecture is not a technical discipline that can be treated as a pen instrument of commodity; rather it is a complex discourse that is deeply rooted in the humanities, architects should produce stories of places and places that are stories . Architecture is a concretization of narratives.
It’s an in between, provides context for both the inside and the outside.
If a space is a representation of an idea or a thought that is signified, does a space achieve its meaning through its relation to all the other spaces in context, or through all the spaces for which this space has become metaphorical?