Posted by steven sheridan on November 13, 2002 at 15:14:16:
In Reply to: architecture of the tower of babel posted by carolyn on November 10, 2002 at 17:22:03:
The idea that derrida refers to is of deconstruction, a fascinating process where by he proves as I understand it that the world is in an order, ground, structure and then ornament, he then proves the opposite, that ornament is the "ground" and thus that deconstruction is. All too early in the morning. Anyway, benjamin who studied under derrida has a specific interest in architecture, beyond this tower of babel metaphor, and the idea of his architectural theory is that if there is a tradition, it is because of completeness. Finito. And there is no hope in something known. so essentially, as the tower is nevewr going to be complete, it never loses hope. A creation that is never able to be fully known, or habitated, made of habit. I have a partivcular interest in this idea of hope. hope seen is not hope at all. The work of lab architects is a one of the first true translations oof this theory into a built form, federation square in Melbourne australia, and foreign office's Yokahama international port terminal. Keep in touch if you are persuing anything up this ally in the future.
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