Sunday 17 May 2020

AALAWuN distance

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 You learn in the military that estimating distance correctly, small or large, is very important when you want to shoot someone or some thing or as a designer you want design something like a garden ,a building or a vacuum cleaner .

But now the intelligent use of the brain and the eye and the measuring tape have been replaced , or perhaps augmented is a better word , by military technology so now shut down your imagination and get out your rangefinder whether   laserlidarradarsonar or ultrasonic 

Important aside : Does Eames’s beautiful visual poem ‘Powers of Ten’ say all there is the say about distance or does the film ‘Vanishing Point’ say it in a different way where distance and time are intertwined ( Of course ) ,or, distance and feelings collide , as in the song which pleads .. ‘please keep your distance ,my resistance is low ‘ ,

Before this ramble goes any further onto the distance in the landscape we have to apply a little discipline ,( or rigour that word so loved by tutors .) 


Think Architects .. Corb always had a tape with him .when he found something beautiful , a stair or a room he would measure it and then see these measurements as a tool,( to ensure beauty? )

His ‘theory’ if that is the right word is embodied in Modular Man , a stew of the Golden Ratio, Vitruvian man , Alberti , the Fibonacci series.

image Louisa Pires 

He described it as a ‘ range of harmonious measurements to suit the human scale , universally applicable to architecture and to mechanical things “

Where is the ultrasonic rangefinder is this quest for this perfection?

Would it have helped Corb in his quest to see harmony in design ?

Do we have a question of our time , if I say I don’t love you , would you rather I tell you in text or a letter ? 

So ,would you design the distance between the columns by radar or your imagination and a desire for harmony ? 

So is distance for an architect always a matter of function and beauty at the same time ?

Not that this banal question or matters of proportion and thus distance are usually a topic of debate in schools of architecture .. to be discussed ? 

Sorry Corb , we don’t like Modular Man, where is Modular Woman or Modular LGBT We prefer the management vocabulary of Graphic Standards and Parker Morris to tell us our distances , economic distances , numbers, cost of distances and space usage and all their progeny in apps and computer programmes ….not feelings that might say , this is about the right size , height , length and width/

But couched in the language of measurement . of time and space .


Managed distance regulations , the necessity for a guarantee ? 

Or ? 

It is common for distance to be assumed as numbers ,but the estimation of distance is more romantic in its imprecision , more demanding . 

It was 1951 , Hoagy Carmichael was writing ‘My resistance is Low’ and Corb had started work on Chandigarh , both poets but in different media but sharing a word , distance and its journey to the heart .

I need to measure this distance Hoagy . How ?

Is there an app or a rangefinder other than a smile or tears or both at the same time Today Hoagy you would be a distance of 27 jet hours from Corbs creation ,or 11,500 km .

Do these distance numbers tell you anything about his concrete poem or your lyrics Hoagy? .. But you were both obsessed by distance in your own ways , .. “The Nearness of you “ Hoagy thought that Keith Richards made the best version of this song , I wonder what Corb would have made of nearness as an architectural dimension or distance ?

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