Posted by Paul Malo on September 11, 2002 at 19:11:18:
In Reply to: Re: Metaphors of Healing in WTC Desing proposals posted by Roger E. Belveal on September 11, 2002 at 18:03:41:
Would you remove the dome from the Pantheon, or lift the vaults from Amiens? Would it serve the purpose better to move the internal functions of those sacred spaces to the squares outside these buildings, to have literal access to the sky?
Yes, architecture is about metaphor, and the dome of the Pantheon IS the vault of the heavens.
Why have civilizations enclosed solemn rituals within buildings? Why, in Egypt's benign climate, were sacred places embedded deep within compounds of walled antechambers?
Why is the bronze statue of Lincoln enshrined in a massive building at the end of the Washington mall? The statue could as well be exposed to the heavens above--but isn't there something special about entering a great interior space--be it Grand Central Station or St. Peter's in Rome?
Parks are nice--but they're not so moving as noble architectural spaces.
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