Bordered Physical Realities

1, December 2018

"Describe your sorrows and desires, passing thoughts and the belief in some sort of beauty - describe all these with loving, quiet, humble sincerity, and use, to express yourself, the things in your environment, the images from your dreams, and the objects of your memory."

Rainer Maria Rilke, Poet

As humans we are born with half our ontological brain capacity, with the other half being formed through life experience, culture, language, food, travel and human interaction.  So intuitively, these cultural activities that shape us, surely our profession that we chose to work in - shapes us boundlessly too.  Painters, sculptors and Architects develop a highly attuned understanding of the arrangement of spaces and structure in their work.  I feel that Architects develop a different spatial language than other professions.  Accountants use excel spreadsheets, scientists use formulae, painters use canvasses, sculptors use space and Architects use everything.

Twelve months ago, we conceived of a timber framed, timber clad nest like sculpture for children to retreat.  I sketched this haptically and it began to take a 3d form on a 2d surface.  After meetings and discussions with Workshop members, clients, builders and crafts people -  it changed.  I draw again this time in more detail using 3d to create.  Then I can fully share my bordered physical realities with others.  Conceptualisation of the form has been let go.  Flat geometry is now a thing of the past as we move into fabrication.  The relationship between my profession and my concept of space is obvious.  There are infinite unordered boundaries for Architects to explore, but I enjoy the time the most when these become more firm, precise and bordered.  At the beginning, the disappearance of boundaries are good in all the arts, but in order to be a successful maker, Architects must close to a bordered physical reality in order to make.  Being an Architect has shaped my brain and my thinking and the way I write and the way I conceives ideas.  It has shaped me indefinitely.  In the same way my decisions in life guide who I am and how my brain functions, my profession changes me too.  My profession shapes my thoughts.  And my thoughts shape my profession.  Our brain changes with professional experience.  This affects us in profound ways.  What is space for you?  Is it a set of images on instagram?  Is it your reading place in the safety of home?  Or is it in the arms of a loved one?  If us Architect's can understand what different spaces mean to different clients, and interpret and build those spaces for them, then we will have very happy clients indeed.  Architecture is a bordered physical reality.