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Il est 10 am à Kauaï

Il est 10 am à Kauaï. Le soleil est déjà haut dans le ciel. Tu es allongé sur ton lit à écouter un vieux tube des années 70. Le son résonne dans ta cabane en bois. Tu sifflotes. Tu n’as pas envie de te lever. Tu es bien. Le disque s’arrête. Tu ronchonnes et sors dans le jardin. L’immense jardin. La maison « Mahamoku » est devant toi, tu es fier d’en être le gardien. Son bois dur cache un intérieur confortable. Tu t’arrêtes, regarde l’océan Pacifique : la vue est incroyable. Tu sors tes engrais et en parsèmes la pelouse. Tu évites avec précaution les fleurs blanches. Sensation de ne jamais finir de traiter ce terrain. Les adultes et enfants qui louent la maison centenaire pour les vacances ne sont pas là. Sûrement à la plage. La propriété peut respirer. Toi aussi. Tu n’as pas l’habitude de partager ton territoire. Tu avais oublié à quel point les enfants sont bruyants. La peau de ton visage brûle comme jamais, pourtant cela fait plus de vingt ans que tu habites ici. La journée se déroule…

Pychotropic Architecture I - Kiesler's Endless House

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“Form does not follow function. Function follows vision. Vision follows reality.” Friederich Kiesler

I/ Introduction to psychotropic architecture: Kiesler's Endless House.

          In the popular culture, as long as the human does not turn into a cyborg, architecture is a necessity. It is seen as a protection against the environment. Through history and geopolitical reasons, the way we live has shaped our buildings, letting them evolved from fortification to places as open as possible. But one could argue that our built environment influenced our way of life, especially with urbanization after the French Enlightenment in the occidental world. In the book Bio-politics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture, Sven-Olov Wallenstein applies Foucault's concept to the architectural world and goes beyond, linking the emergence of modern architecture and modern power. For the author, since the bio-political is related to a “spacialization of the power”1, architecture is a materiali…

Short history of spaces of drug consumption

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"It is a calm and placid beatitude. Every philosophical problem is resolved. Every difficult question that presents a point of contention for theologians and brings despair to thoughtful men becomes clear and transparent. Every contradiction is reconciled. Man has surpassed the gods." Charles Baudelaire - Les paradis artificiels
As Barney Wraf wrote in introduction of his text -which is one of the main reference for this text- High Points: An Historical Geography of Cannabis: «three conceptual tools can be utilized in understanding the geographies of cannabis use: biopower and biopolitics, world-systems theory, and cultural political-economy» Let’s explore the history of drugs following the architectural typologies emerging from it.
Sacred spaces         The use of drugs which we consider illegal for most of  them when not controlled by the medical system or delivered by them appeared 10 000 years ago. The professor Elisa Guerra-Doce from the university of Valladolid in Spain di…

Invisible Architecture & Human Perception: Smells and Spaces

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"Two characteristics demanded of the building are stability and solidity. A purpose of the building is keep the outside outside and the inside spatially defined and materially certain. Traditionally, threats from outside come in a number of guises, notably inclement weather conditions and undesirable people. Both are associated with the formless, fluid, unstable and unpredictable.The threat of external factors is psychological and social as much as physical and, sometimes, the threat of the outsider fuses with the threat of the outside, so that one becomes a metaphor of the other" Jonathan Hill 

        The word “architecture”encompass an amazing amount of diverse worlds. According to the Oxford dictionary it is “the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings” or “the complex or carefully designed structure of something 1”. Based on these definitions, we can say that architecture is not only the building in itself but the structure, the project, the reflection an…

Globalization, Identity and the fear of immigration.

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"Agis dans ton lieu, pense avec le monde" - Act in your own place, think with the world. Edouard Glissant

Edouard Glissant, Martinique philosopher, writer and poet, wrote about slavery and colonialism and at a larger scale the Man. 
For him man is changing all the time, and the colonization was a sign of the change man needs.
Men can be with others, mingle, have multiple entities, but still have their own identity.  In the Antilles the population suffered from the slavery and colonialism but an unpredictable and amazing interaction happened, with the creation of the creole language. He called it "creolization". It used to be the language the colonizer used to talk to the slave, and that West Indian (Antillais in french) learned and developed into the language used today. He then realized this phenomena was happening everywhere in the world. In the Parisian suburbs for example, the favelas etc... The creolization is different from interbreeding, since it's not based …