my favorite citations

Lately I was asked which bible text I like most. That was a though question. there are so many beautiful texts for so many occasions. I think every occasion can have its own meaning and therefore its own quotation. just a few of the beautiful text I will state below. Don’t hesitate to add your own favorites!!

God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones. (ps 91:11,12)

In the beginning, – when the morning stars sang together, and all the children of God shouted for joy (Job 38:7) – God filled up the universe…(Gen 1:1)
בְּרֵאשִׁית__בָּרָא__אֱלֹהִים__אֵת__הַשָּׁמַיִם__וְאֵת__הָאָרֶץ

May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!(Phil 4:4)

Fling wide the gates, open the ancient doors, and the great king will come in. Who is this great king? He is the Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, victorious in battle.(ps 24:7,8)

No longer will the sun be your light by day or the moon be your light by night; I, the Lord, will be your eternal light; The light of my glory will shine on you.(Jes 60:19)

I will lift up my eyes to the hills- from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (psalms 121:1-2)

looking at and analyses of things… Buildings…

In a series of articles i’d like to work to an understanding on how we can look at architecture, if we can say something about the beauty of architecture (or just taste and fashion) and if we can identify ourselves with architecture and how that influences our perception of the built environment.

In this first article in this series i’d like to go into the different aspects, a lot of different meanings and ways to look at architecture. The method described below is based on a study of the works of Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher who lived from 1724 till 1804. In his book ´Kritik der reinen Vernunft´ (critique of pure reason) he states that the ‘ding an sich’ (thing itself), things as they are in themselves are unknowable and need human perception and experience to get meaning. (also you can look into Martin Heidegger’s Bauen Wohnen Denken (building, dwelling, thinking, 1951))

for an analyses one can look at a thing from three different ways
1. we can look at its context
2. we can look at its condition
3. we can look at its concept.

we can look at the things above in a physical (a), emotional (b) and intellectual (c) way, which will be explained from the example of a building below.

1.a. looking at the physical context of the building, how it is situated, near a road, river, in a city, in a street, near a church, shops, railwaystation etc.

1.b. looking at the emotional context of the building, we can see if it is on a crowded, noisy, still, lonely or whatever spot. smells from traffic, moist from river, smell and moist from sea, but also recognize the sequence approaching the building.

1.c. looking at the intellectual aspects of the context we look at the meaning of the surroundings. is the building located on a site with historical background, what is the genius loci, the spirit of the place.

2.a. looking at the physical condition of the building, we see its materials, colors, how it is made, how it is maintained.

2.b. looking at the emotional condition of the building, we can talk about dark and light places/rooms, warm/cold materials smells of wood, cleaner, kitchen..warm/cool colors, lightning, acoustics, etc. etc.

2.c. looking at the intellectual condition of the building we can look if there are symbols in the architecture, ornaments, details that tell us about the time it is designed, etc.

3.a. looking at the fysical concept, we look how the building works, how the floor plan works for the inhabitants. eg when talking about a house, where is the kitchen located, the bathroom and sleeping rooms. is it a logical mapping. how do we enter the building, is there a logical sequence in the rooms.

3.b. looking at the emotional aspects of the concept, we look if the building gives the right feeling for the use it was built. is it a place for living, a home or a residence, cozy or with grandeur.

3.c. looking at the intellectual aspects of the concept, we look if the building has the right meaning in the sense of eg a gathering point for the family, meanings which are important in culture, is the building well balanced

If we have looked at these different aspects of the building, we get a pretty good idea or perception of it, so we can understand the building.

a beginning.

For this is the first post on this blog I want to start with this poem by G.B. McClain. A new start begins with words (In the beginning was the word)

It’s only the beginning now
…a pathway yet unknown
At times the sound of other steps
…sometimes we walk alone

The best beginnings of our lives
May sometimes end in sorrow
But even on our darkest days
The sun will shine tomorrow.

So we must do our very best
Whatever life may bring
And look beyond the winter chill
To smell the breath of spring.

Into each life will always come
A time to start anew
A new beginning for each heart
As fresh as morning dew.

Although the cares of life are great
And hands are bowed so low
The storms of life will leave behind
The wonder of a rainbow.

The years will never take away
Our chance to start anew
It’s only the beginning now
So dreams can still come true.

Introduction on this blog

Lectori Salutem,

I’d like to start a blog where i can post some of my ideas and feelings about architecture, beauty, aesthetics, philosophy, believing in God, and what’s more on my mind, so to say share my passions. Feel free to write back, comment, add poems or other inspirations on my writings.

Inspired by a friend of mine, who also started a blog on flying carpets (ideas), I decided to create one for myself, a place where I can share and leave the underground flow of thoughts, created by beautiful poems, moments and thoughts which deserve to get out.

And last but not least: a thing of beauty is a joy forever! which makes me believe to create a beautiful collection of thoughts…

 

Kind Regards,

Ben