Thursday, August 12, 2010

[ prosthetic ] [ expendable ] [ image ]


+ "Classical orthopaedics (in fact, like architecture in the traditional city) tends to reproduce - to evoke or recreate - the absent element; to regenerate damaged fabric or to extend its old characteristics. There was something of a redemptive, and at once reconstructive, formalism about it. Dissimulating distortions. Composing appearances. Recovering the past.
...architecture cannot limit itself to simply extending the body, or sustaining it, but rather it must be simultaneously a receptive and active supplement; a device which is singular (autonomous and artificial) and complicit (individual and interactive); estranged from, and at the same time sensitive to, the particular; capable of regulating itself and, at the same time, of resturcutirng, restimulating and strenthening the host in order to take it beyond its own limits: revealing that whcih was hidden. Architecture must work as an "antitype" which is in syntony with the host body so as not to provoke rejection, yet no longer in harmonious symbiosis with it." (Manuel Gausa, the metapolis dictionary of advanced architecture)


(of an object) Designed to be used only once and then abandoned or destroyed
- of little significance when compared to an overall purpose, and therefore able to be abandoned


- a physical likeness or representation of a person, animal, or thing
- a mental representation; idea; concept
- the general or public perception
- to project on a surface

reading: "Recycling recycling", Mark Wigley

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