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Division and union
�If anything is described by an architectural plan it is the nature of human relationships, since the elements whose trace it records - walls, doors, windows and stairs - are employed first to divide and then selectively to re-unite inhabited space.�
Why did human race, that started living in caves and tents with a single space, felt the need to segregate spaces for different activities? Was it the desire to show off its wealth? Or to achieve 'personal' spaces? And if this theory worked well, then why did we resort to the open-plan?
Curious, Isn't it?
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Preeti Pahwa
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Division and union
Well "the human race" I am sure you understand did not all initially live in the same cave or tent. Our hominid ancestors, including so-called cave men, were scattered across the globe and even - as contemporary examples of hunter gatherer clans show - when united in small to medium communities, even then they have seperate tents for seperete families or family groups.

So the division of space, though the tent example may superficially indicate otherwise, has been with us for some time.

Now, if you look at the bible you can see how (if the tradition reported is in any way accurate), built up space, or tents at leats, took on specific and circumscribed religious functions. A tent to house the holy artefacts was constructed and set aside for sacred affairs.

So, given that man has a religious nature as well as basic needs, it seems that his 'nature' and needs have been expressed through the formation alternative buildings.

Why you ask?

Well, in the sense of the holy something is in itself set aside for special attention.

What about other needs and natures (I use the term "nature" loosely? Well, from one perspective it would seem that once a certain state of specielisation is reached in technology, allowing different urban and architectural areas to be practically built and maintained, would it not be of more utility to set aside certain areas for specific functions?

What if you wanted to sleep early, away from the others? What if your craftsman's toolkit and anvil for instance was too big for the conventional home, or your customers livesd away from your family? What if childern were to be seperated from dangerous iplements?

All of these things wuld be grounds for constructing specialised living spaces.

Imagine a living space like a text if you will, or more like a modern library, with different books (or rooms) for different functions and narrative understandings.
Luke Schofield
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