The bulldozing of an irregular topography into a flat site is clearly a technocratic gesture which aspires to a condition of absolute placelessness, whereas the terracing of the same site to receive the stepped form of a building is an engagement in the act of ‘cultivating’ the site.

[When an architect pays attention to the existing site], the specific culture of the region – that is to say, its history in both a geological an an agricultural sense – becomes inscribed into the form and realization of the work.  This inscription, which arises out of ‘in-laying’ the building into the site, has many levels of significant, for it has  a capacity to embody, in built form, the prehistory of the place, its archaeological past  and this subsequent cultivation and transformation across the time.

Kenneth Frampton

Towards a Critical Regionalism, 1938

One response to “Placelessness

  1. This has little to do with this post. I just thought you might like something else to think about: From the ASID Website July 8,2011……Is your kitchen making you fat:
    “Nutritionists warn the modern kitchen actually is making us fatter. Among the culprits are supersize refrigerators, walk-in pantries, kitchen islands and open display shelves. Each puts food — and more food — within sight and easy reach, tempting us to eat more than we should. Even lighting and the color on the walls can trigger behaviors that lead to overeating.”

    I wonder is this saying we should go out to eat? Then we can blame some else for our lack of self restraint.

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