Affichage des articles du 2016

Short history of spaces of drug consumption

"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

"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…