PLINTHS, PARAPETS and PARTIAL WALLS, 2017
Article published in Room One Thousand, “Timeless" Issue 5, 2017.
There is perhaps nothing more timeless than architecture’s obsession with appearance. The investigation’s interest in appearance lies beyond the dictionary’s primary definition, the way that someone or something looks, in favor of the secondary or even tertiary definition of appearance: a way of emerging, the action of appearing, or something that arrives or begins to be seen. Architecture often desires a particular appearance that it may never quite attain, be it scale (it wants to appear bigger or slimmer than it is – such as a tapering quality), form (it wants to appear more exuberant than it is – such as an articulated top) or material (it wants to appear light/heavy, porous/dense, solid/translucent, surface/volume). Architecture uses these ploys in order to be seen.