Jumat, 21 Oktober 2011

The Poetics of Place

I just read a book titled Tropical Retreats-The Poetics of Place --written by Tan Hock Beng, in the campus library.

"The taste of the apple... lies in the contact of the fruit with the palate not in the fruit itself; in a similar way.. poetry lies in the meeting of the poem and reader, not in the lines of symbols printed on the pages of a book. What is essential is the aesthetics act, the thrill, the almost physical emotion that comes with each reading."
--Jorge Luis Borges, forward to Obra Poetica

Though only a glance, I have noted several important points on tropical architecture. They are...

Beyond architecture, our culture at large seems to drift towards a distancing, a kind of chiling, de-senzualitzation and de-eroticization of the human relation to reality.
--Juhani Pallasmaa

Someone guides us through its spaces. We glide along. Talking seems superfluous; everything is unique, yet never demanding.
--Alvaro Siza

All good architecture which does not express serenity fails in its spiritual vision.
--Luis Barragan

And how here is my secret, a very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what essential is invisible to the eye.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In the West, when you fail to describe, things fail to exist. In the East, when you fail to describe, thing emerge.
--Kunto Kundo

Like the musician's breath in a wind instrument, light and shadows bring out the rich qualities of materials, qualities that remain silent in clarkness.
--Steven Holl

If architects are to continue to do useful work on this planet, then surely their proper concern must be the creation of place -the ordered imposition of man's self on specific locations across the face of the earth. To make a place is to make a domain that helps people know where they are and by extension who they are.
--Charles Moore

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