Jan '06 - Feb '07
The purpose of this post is purely to rant about my current ideas relating to my thesis. It has started to become a personal debate about a psychology term, with no clear path into it's manifestation in architecture / built form.
The idea of paranoia, this fear created by our minds, has come up in my analysis of our present time. Bet it post 9//11 culture deemed by the administration, but paranoia and fear of the misinterpreted has plague the United States since its inception. We have become more fearful every decade since Eve let evil into our lives and banished us from paradise.
How can this idea be manifested in architecture? How can this be resolved using architecture? Is it even an architectural problem? Can it go beyond the initial gut reaction that this project is going to turn into a bunker?
Two ideas hit me trying to look at how paranoia effects and could be a driver for built form.
1. Embassy (US Spaces Abroad)
2. Land Border (Mexican/American Border)
Two ideas, both again gut reactions to the idea of paranoia. Looking at precedents I can find only topics on bomb protecting, bollards, and CCTV security camera.
Books have tackled the idea of paranoia, based mainly in the realm of urban space. “Fear & Space” and “5 Codes” attack the idea that paranoia has affected architecture with scars of Big Brother's control but not how architectural form has been affected by it.
Could the answer be looking at the basis of morphogenetic design? Could the inputs that derive form from security, feeding the need to calm paranoia?
What would that building look like?
Or is the idea of built security just as inconsequential as plumbing and HVAC to modern architecture? A engineer involved in the design of the Freedom Tower stated that the architecture should be the last line of “defense”. Why does architecture have to be scared, can it not confront the problem spatial and formally?
Today my efforts have been focused on the Tibetan and Chinese confrontation. Video today came out of a massacre by the People's Army killing off Tibetans, which was first reported as self-defense, but now has been determined to be different.
The Chinese believe that Tibet is a part of China.
Tibetans believe that the Chinese are forcibly occupying their country. Their current capital is now in exile located in the city of Dharamsala in India.
With the upcoming 2008 Olympics, the Chinese need to fix this problem before all eyes are on the People's Republic.
So, what would a Tibetan embassy look like in Beijing? But according to Eisenman, architecture cannot save the world so maybe this route may be in vein.
So can architecture involving the psychology of paranoia is involved in three ways.
Fight Against Paranoia
Accept and encourage the creation of paranoia by built form.
Feed off of fear/paranoia in an attempt to reduce.
I hope someone made it through all this and has some ideas.
Back to hunting for inspiration.