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Página 75 - The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
Página 75 - Both Aristotle and Newton believed in absolute time. That is, they believed that one could unambiguously measure the interval of time between two events, and that this time would be the same whoever measured it, provided they used a good clock. Time was completely separate from and independent of space.
Página 98 - Future, defines sustainable development as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (see Chapter 15).
Página 102 - Address The adaptable building has an address. Address asks for a clear distinction to be made between private and public, avoiding the confusion of semi-public or semi-private space. The facade can act as a strict boundary between internal and external activities with the entrance directly related to the urban space. The building therefore becomes street conscious and recognizes the importance of the street as a public space. The emphasis is on vertical rather than horizontal circulation, eluding...
Página 102 - The building functions as a part of the city backdrop; the urban setting being more important than the image of the building as an exclusive object. The relatively inconspicuous built edifice is born from an attitude that understands it as just another element in a broader context, even to the extent of allowing it to both exist as an independent, coherent statement while also sharing the formal and spatial sensibilities...
Página 102 - A proposed contextual approach is closely intertwined with a fascination for the ordinary and everyday. Ordinary architecture is storytelling about the roots and conditions of the landscape, and conversely each landscape generates its own specific anonymity. The power of the ordinary is that when you look long enough, almost everything begins to display its own particular 'specialness'.
Página 75 - That is what most people would take to be the commonsense view. However, we have had to change our ideas about space and time. Although our apparently commonsense notions work well when dealing with things like apples, or planets that travel comparatively slowly, they don't work at all for things moving at or near the speed of light.
Página 102 - ... a powerful engagement with the building, an endearing quality that seduces people into adapting themselves to it. Timelessness promises the return of a reality that was itself an abstract ideal. Timelessness and nostalgia are therefore inevitably connected. In these terms nostalgia is a difficult word to link to architecture, signalling a negative retreat from the present and implying a meaningless adoption of seemingly 'complete' images from past architectures.
Página 75 - The concept of relativity, which came into being at the turn of the century in art and science simultaneously, implies that the coherence of things lies not in their subordination to a central, dominant principle but in their reciprocal relations. It states that reality has no inherent hierarchical structure, governed by a fixed centre.