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T3XTURE 5: Repose and Energy
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In this issue we explore this diad of repose and energy via an interview, several original essays, and real and speculative projects.
“Capturing a Moment,” our interview with novelist, essayist, physicist, and educator, Alan Paige Lightman, covers a broad range of topics in his career and touches on the experiential aspects of repose. To Lightman, renowned physicist and author of Einstein’s Dream” and more recently, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, and more, repose is a state of mind.
In “The Ornamentor Within” Ioana Barac discusses how to create an ecosystem of meaningful experiences in an existing lobby space.
“Terra Turrita Felix,” a project by architect, Beniamino Servino architectural practice based in Caserta, Italy, is the focus of our essay on his geological repose to volcanoes, “Vesuvius in Repose.”
“Rising Unity” describes a Traveling Memorial Sculpture for Victims of Opioid Overdose. It was commissioned by Demand Zero & For Cameron and realized by Atelier Cue in 2020.
Nicole Cullinan, who writes on architecture and the arts in Melbourne, Australia asks, “Has Our Love Affair with Open-Plan Living Finally Ended?” After extended lockdowns in Melbourne and with many in the world working from home, is the open-plan becoming obsolete? The lingering question is: can one find repose in a house with no corners?
Miriam Gusevich, of GM2 Architects reflects on the value of repose in times of crisis in a piece titled ”Urban Pentimento: stories of repose, repentance, and repair. ”
“Plug-In Bridge: From Hermes to Hestia.” A project by Vincent Peu Duvallon, DESA Architect, RIBA, Assoc. AIA, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China, transforms an infrastructure into a series of public and resting spaces in their proposal for the valley of Caocun, in the south of China.
In “A Place for Peace: Taming an Urban Mèlange,” architect Khashayar Shahkolahy brings a tranquil respite to the hustle and bustle of city life. His proposal for a nondenominational sanctuary offers harried students refuge in a chaotic urban intersection; instead of disrupting nature on an existing campus lawn, he proposes a calming oasis amidst the chaos.
In response to this issue’s topic, Craig Purcell diagrams a framework for repose and motion in the flat plane of a painting in process. Guidelines forming the framework that carries repose move through time and space.
For Antoine Predock, the body in motion—choreographed in the landscape—is a theme throughout his body of work.
Janet Little Jeffers photographs, appearing in the interview with Alan Lightman, are part of her ongoing body of work that emerged from many hours of hiking in the woods during COVID.
T3XTURE 5: Call for Submissions
Repose and Energy
Submissions due Dec 15, 2020-e-mail to T3x5@t3xture.com
The repose necessary to all beauty is repose, not of inanition, nor of luxury, nor of irresolution, but the repose of magnificent energy and being; in action, the calmness of trust and determination; in rest, the consciousness of duty accomplished and of victory won; and this repose and this felicity can take place as well in the midst of trial and tempest, as beside the waters of comfort.
T3xture Issue #5 Call for Submissions: Repose and Motion
Our interest in repose and motion follows from our exploration of the origin of ornament (kosmos) in earlier issues of T3xture. As Bloomer noted in T3xture #4, the Greeks adopted a term for world (mundus, also meaning “cosmetics”) derived from “ornament,” on account of the diversity of elements and the beauty of the heavenly bodies. They call it κόσμος, which means “ornament,” for, with our bodily eyes, we see nothing more beautiful than the world.”
The cosmos is in eternal motion; there is no rest; the sun, the moon, the clouds, the seas are always moving.
Repose is re-pause. It is a stopping before returning, a time for reflection. It is also a repositioning, a rearranging in space. It is a city in repose before an energizing renewal; a pause before a de-energized state in an entropy-driven universe. It is the place in a painting or composition where one’s eye comes to rest. It is a place of solitude in a garden or room.
T3xture is seeking essays, poems, building and landscape projects, and art that address the diad of Repose and Energy.
We are looking for original and previously unpublished work. Submission Guidelines are posted on the T3xture website
T3XTURE is Supporting the AIA Baltimore
Spring Lecture Series 2019 – Edge: Harbor and City
Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative has set a goal of a swimmable and fishable Inner Harbor. What could this look like? The 41st annual AIA Baltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series invites local practitioners and globally recognized designers and scholars to address “the edge”—where the land meets the water—from a variety of perspectives: health and ecology, resiliency in the face of climate change, and social equity.
The lectures will serve as inspiration for a local design competition. Multi-disciplinary teams of architects, landscape architects, and planners are encouraged to submit designs for a project that engages the water’s edge of a future swimmable and fishable Inner Harbor. Projects will be featured in the Baltimore architectural journal T3XTURE and in an exhibit sponsored by AIA Baltimore and the BAF this fall.
The Spring Lecture Series is free to the public.
Lectures will be held at Falvey Hall in the MICA Brown Center (1301 W Mt Royal Ave). The goals of the 2019 Lecture Series and parallel design competition are to stimulate a robust discourse among the design professions and the public, promote new and forward-thinking design ideas and highlight work by local designers, and encourage diverse disciplines to participate in a cross-disciplinary dialogue focusing on significant issues and solutions specific to Baltimore’s harbor and city edge.
Edward S. Casey, PhD, Professor, Stony Brook University
Travis Price, FAIA, Travis Price Architects/Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design, Inc.
Carmera Thomas, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Moderator: Julio Bermudez, PhD, Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America
The first program of the 2019 Spring Lecture Series will initiate the overall dialogue of the series and design competition, and set forth the theme of “the edge” of the harbor and city. Presentations and a moderated panel discussion will address the nature and culture of conditions at the intersection of land, sea, and edge, explored from the perspective of philosophy, architecture, and ecology.
T3XTURE 3: PATTERN IS MADDENING is now available!
T3XTURE is an annual, international publication for architects, artists, writers, and designers interested in the haptic in architecture and art. Texture in architecture is the layering of geography, structure, space, constructions, materiality, digital fabrications, passages, ideas, and the movements of human activity in a composition thus determining the overall qualities of a form or place. T3xture seeks to elevate the discourse on texture to the level currently paid to space and tectonics. Each issue collects architectural projects, drawings, poems, and photographs from contributors from all over the world. Issue No.1 included an interview with Christopher W. Tyler, Ph.D. on the perception of TEXTURE. Issue No.2 explored the making of ORNAMENT with Kent Bloomer. Issue No 3 pursued the role of PATTERN in our built environment. Issue No. 4 is to be concerned with EDGES.
Part One Interview with Kent Bloomer on the Lapsus Lima Podcast.
Sponsored by T3xture Zine and RM Sovich Architecture.
The first two issues of T3XTURE addressed Texture and Ornament, respectively, in the built environment. Each of the first two issues featured an interview relating to the topic. In Issue No.1 we interviewed Christopher W. Tyler, Ph.D. on the perception of texture. In Issue No.2 we discussed the making of ornament with Kent Bloomer. Issue No 3 will explore the role of PATTERN in our built environment. We are particularly interested in your thoughts on PATTERN relating to specific place, time, and culture. This issue will feature an interview with Nikos A. Salingaros, Professor of Mathematics, Urbanist & Architectural Theorist.
Submissions for PATTERN may be in the form of critical essays, built or unbuilt projects, exceptional photography, poems, or drawings that explore the idea PATTERN in architecture, art, photography , the environment, or urbanism. We suggest reading the first two issues of T3XTURE. Submissions of texts and images or illustrations should be sent together with a short biography and a publication list as one single pdf-file. Selected contributors will be required to provide high-resolution images for publication.
For more information about the submission process view our submission guidelines. Please send your submission to T3xture #3 Submission by midnight (EST) on October 15 , 2016 .
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T3XTURE is an annual international publication for architects, artists, writers, and designers interested in the haptic in architecture and art. Texture in architecture is the layering of geography, structure, space, constructions, materiality, digital fabrications, passages, ideas, and the movements of human activity in a composition thus determining the overall qualities of a form or place. Each issue collects architectural projects, drawings, poems, and photographs from contributors from all over the world.
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T3XTURE No.2 includes contributions by:
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T3XTURE No.1 includes contributions by:
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RM Sovich Architecture;
Alexandra Singer-Bieder and Sofia Bennani;
Emmy Mikelson; and
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