Posted by d on December 02, 2002 at 07:07:36:
In Reply to: Architect says, "Not In My Backyard - Thank You" posted by Richard Ellmyer on December 02, 2002 at 00:41:29:
There is the world of desired consequences; the world of the "invisible hand" which was thought by many to guide all our practical
actions, the sum of which would produce an equitable social consruct.
This was the prevailing philosophy of our time.
And yet, as architects know in particular, there is also a world, a "shadow" world in fact, which deals in immanent voids: the world of "that which we avoid mentioning", "that which we will not look at", that which lie between and among our constructed shapes.
This interstitial reality, co-extensive with the positive world, is exactly like the regular world in many ways.
It is shapeable, and capable of good or bad, morally and esthetically.
The vacant lot, which could become a garden, remained a crack-strewn alley...
The void betwen the tall buildings, the "window" where all eyes looked...
"NIMBY"; the adjectival form of "nimbus"...
Yes, at the moment it means "not in my back yard"; but in the long
way it captures a sensation, of problems and solutions which evade the
They belong to the "shadow" mind.
The world of the "shadow" architect.
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