By Colin St John Wilson
It is a choice of essays at the matters of architectural ethics, philosophy and perform. structure has continuously been the topic of significant debate and not extra so than now. the writer explores the unique goals and ideas of recent structure during this sequence of articles. released in architectural journals the articles are actually assembled and released jointly for the 1st time during this quantity. Professor Colin St. John Wilson, is architect of the hot British Library, the main nationwide monument in-built the united kingdom in this century
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14. 6 There is reinforcement for this thesis in D. W. Winnicott's identification of the infant's 'transitional object' (Teddy bear or Linus' blanket or whatever) that is both a physical object existing in outer reality (that can get lost - and every parent knows the irreparable disaster that is then acted out) and a magical object (that is the focus of play and phantasy in the inner reality of the child). This 'object' belongs in that vulnerable 'in-between' realm that becomes the place of all cultural experience in later life.
After I have developed a feel for the programme and its inumerable demands have been engraved on my subconscious, I begin to draw in a manner rather like that of abstract art. Led only by my instincts I draw, 34 Architectural Reflections not architectural syntheses, but sometimes even childish compositions and via this route I eventually arrive at an abstract basis to the main concept, a kind of universal substance with whose help the numerous quarrelling subproblems can be brought into harmony.
The tipping floor plane challenges my instinctive sense of posture and balance. I am in the classic 'position' of exposure but this time in such a way that the exposure is aggressive and demeaning rather than a stimulant and reinforcement of my 'Ego-figure'. 18). Here there is a neighbourliness between the forms of the figures and the architecture. The proportion in the column between capital and shaft echoes the proportion between head and body in the Madonna figure. There is a belongingness between form and form and yet each form has its own identity and self-possession.
Architectural Reflections. Studies in the Philosophy and Practice of Architecture by Colin St John Wilson