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Regarding the question of parks being essential urban infrastructure, FL Olmsted argued just that in the 1850s-1870s.
Ed, yes. One question for me though is whether infrastructure is read only in the traditional or even contemporary green/ecological infrastructure. Or in a mode of infrastructure as social design. Not just thinking of say, the ecosystem service types of infrastructure but perhaps a process. Of community involvement, development or activism. Wherein,infrastructure is read as maybe social structures, relationships, or organizations....
Works of architecture limit and bound space. To the extent that the context of the work extends and reaches pylons, columns, spiral and platforms are pieces of the work.
My most recent monogram speaks to this.
Based on “Architecture: the Making of Metaphors” (Fez-Barringten, B.), the sovereign built metaphor focuses on the process, result and analysis of the metaphor in architecture. The key to understanding it comes from the knowledge that it is distinct from its creator, programs, process and exists as something in its own right. .
When constructed, planes, volumes, space and scale have peculiar relationships. Planes limit and bound space. Were a plane habitable it would be a space and were space limiting it would a plane. By their juxtaposition they manifest characteristics they both have in common and some that are different. Each maintains its own property of plane and space just as Richard maintains his humanity and the lion its nature. Each points to a property beyond its own inherent characteristics. They are both the properties that make a volume; a volume in any scale or proportion. The property that is common to all the planes is the space or sub-spaces which the planes themselves delimit. The planes define, float and/or define space. The space is the reality all planes have in common. The volume of the spaces varies by the way the planes are arranged. Planes that limit and planes within the space modulate and form relationships. Similarly, the facades or colonnades that surround a square, plaza or atrium define the void and make it what it is – ergo, part of the whole.
These relationships oppose one another in tension and compression and can be at any scale. They may be symmetrical, or asymmetrical, they may unify or separate. Scale is the proportion of the planes, space and volume of one sub-space to the whole construction. The planes, spaces, sub-space(s), volume and scale have commonalities and differences between them. They all point to a reality beyond their individual and common nature to their external context and potential occupant(s); occupants whose culture and behavior may vary. The relationship between occupants and context is explored in the properties afforded by scale, volume and plane.
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