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October 19, 2006

Oppositions

Interestingly enough, in truly viewing oppositions this past week, I have come to observe that many things that oppose one another in some way also end up working together.
My first example comes from a news story I read this morning about outer space. A galaxy colided with another creating an opposition (a beautiful yet destructive one at that). Through this collision, new stars were born. Through the death of two galaxies something (stars in this case) was reborn.
A more common approach to an opposition would be seasons. Fall is an opposition to spring. In fall things are dying and it is becoming cold while in spring things are coming to life and warming up, both are beautiful seasons although directly they are oppositions. Winter and summer are more drastic in the changes that take place. Interestingly enough through these differences the four connect they coexist with one another.
All though this may seem abstract I also thought of the human mind and how our thoughts can act as oppositions. The mind is moving rapidly from one idea to another and often in radically different directions. It can be used as a The mind is both a powerful tool and an equally powerful distraction. It can harm us and save us.
Finally, relationships are a form of opposition. The energy of two people is exchanged (for better or for worse) and this can be a tug of war at times, because both are competing for the balance which for some... may never be fulfilled.
There are two underlying themes I realized from recognizing these specific oppositions and many others. Oppositions are chaotic and peaceful, simplistic and complex, they can be molded, shaped, and changed, and often times they return to their original form. It is an amazing philosophical view to the underlying world of our society our people and our enviornment, and oppositions exist with in them all. Architecture can choose to ignore or embrace these beautiful yet challenging ideas of our universe and I think that this is one of the many things architects and all aspects of design and people in general have to think about as they thrust their ideas into the world.

October 8, 2006

Phenomena

Although this is arguable, I would say a human being fits the deffinition of phenomena.
A person is a thing, because they are located in space, they are of unique size and shape, and they are related and comparable to other things.
Because of our unique structure and place in the universe, we are also frameworks. Things in our bodies are invaraible and they are able to be calculated (ex. our blood pressure). Structures within as well as out of us are able to be calulated mathematically... in other words our body is a full working structure.
We our clockworks as well. Our body is constantly interacting with cells, muscles, and chemicals with in, as a unique system to keep us stable and living. We are complex structures that are constantly changing to stay the same, constantly working in a cyclic way to keep balance with in us as well as between us and the universe. (We breath oxygen produced by trees and the trees inturn breath CO2). All though people and trees are different structures, we rely on one another and because of this, we interact in the universe. (Much like yin and yang).
Lastly, we are phenomena because we consist of things, frameworks, and clockworks. Although not everyhting is explained about the origin of our existance, we have a sense of how we come to be in this world, and how our bodies grow and change. We are a system that works and changes slowly through time and our enviornment. We are niether good nor bad, we are explainable in some senses and completely mysterious and wonderous in others. We change and mold ourselves through time, as many living creatures and phenomena do on earth. We can create chaos and bring things to unity. We have hierarchies in which we live (such as the government as one example). Most importlanty, we are a work of art either by science or by God or by both, and we strive to understand the world around us, for we are complex beings with in it.