-I would have to say that as an idea and a concept, the architecture that surrounds me has had a definite affect on me. All you have to do is take a look at some of the ideas that are contained in Clockworks, Phenomena, and Oppositions for you to be able to see that there has been a lasting effect on my individual self.
-The idea of Clockwork is represented in my self-image due to circumstances in which my emotions can change throughout the day depending on various factors. Such factors include things like my position in relevance to my home, the amount of sleep I have had in the comfort of my room, and whether or not I currently reside in a room designed to hold attention or let it roam as it wishes. These factors themselves are just a portion of the various triggers my mind copes with during a typical day. When I wake up, there is the longing to just hit the snooze button and forget that the school exists. Usually, after the initial groggy debate, I head off towards the great University to sit through lectures of varying degrees of interest to me. After class, I will either head home or to work. The experiences during the day leave me wishing to hop into bed and ignore the homework, but somehow, the work gets done, if only at some wee morning hour. The final step is to sleep the night away until the alarm rings and the cycle begins yet again. At least there is a weekend to look forward to…
-The word Phenomenon conjures ideas of specters and the unexplainable, but it can also be used to describe any event that can be explained or witnessed by the human mind. Phenomena that I can say have influenced my views have included things like, moving into the new house, breaking a personal 800 meter run record, and doing good on a test (the feeling of satisfaction). These items can have a change on the world, have a specific length of time, and don’t necessarily affect anyone else. While not altogether architectural in nature, the Phenomena can or have had a large impact on the outlook of this and perhaps other minds.
-Oppositions should definitely have an affect on me. For example, any building I have ever experienced in my lifetime has always been affected by the opposition between Gravity and Movement. The whole building is designed to respond to movement across the different planes of gravity (stairs, support structures, ceilings) and because the building is designed in a specific fashion, people can only interact in specific ways. The opposition of Climate and Enclosure brings up another good point. This is anything that is built must, in some way at some time, break apart. Whether it is a car rusting away or a building caving in on itself, the end result is the same, nature always wins. You must come to terms with the idea that the building that you leave behind as a legacy will surely and without fail, crumble to the ground. This brings me to my last opposition, the opposition between permanence and entropy. Again, this is saying that objects will fail after a certain length of time. So when designing a building, you are not only facing budgets, other designs, and the client, but also the simple idea of time. Time is both an asset and a hindrance to a designer.