Places

December 31, 2003 · 0 comments

Lorena’s dissertation on the ‘ideal place’ that I fully understood my wandering and the ‘places’ I’m seeking. But these last weeks I realise how deeply rooted I’m with this place. Like Joi who bought his old house in Chiba.

I know next year many things will change, even more fitting to the pace of my living, very individualistically, beyond any norms. I am so fed up with the traditional architectural “code”, especially when it goes with ‘rooms’.

Some reflections:

(i) Rather than building ‘a new place each time ‘contexts’ (kids,…) changes, I would prefer spaces to adopt instead of having to adopt to new spaces. And the problem is the architect really. When an architect designs a physical space, there is rarely iteration. I don’t mean to suggest that buildings don’t learn; of course they do. What becomes extensible about a physical architecture is how it can be repurposed. See, the designer, creator and constructor of a physical architecture usually turns over the creation to the users.
The problem with architects is that the ‘managers’ of spaces are rarely the creators.
At most, the ‘manager’ calls upon the constructor to fix or alter something. Seriously, how many architects are there that obsessively design, fix, maintain and control a building?
The distribution of creation, control and use of physical architectures is a truly distributed process. Many architects are probably a bit horrified by how their constituents use their constructions, but they don’t play the game with their users (although it is funny to imagine the ghosts of architects past coming out of the walls screaming that a painting is NOT supposed to be placed there).
It’s funny because we don’t ask architects to iterate on their creations based on use, but we do ask that they create structures that allow for a variety of different uses. When they don’t, their creations become outdated and unusable.
(ii) Workspace. The last two years, my place of work has been converting gradually to my ‘homespace’. I will need ‘my own private Idaho’ more than ever at home. The only problem possibly is that the sleeping rooms are on top of my deskroom. I do a lot of catchup at night and work without music at night is impossible. More than ever ‘personal infrastructure’ becomes essential: a wireless network / a private server / your hosted environment -groupware, (web)mail, fileserver, server backups, firewalls, blog networks-; I amazed myself how far extending this infrastructure became overtime, without it efficiency would be impossible.
Still, what I lack is a ‘network meeting’ facility somewhere in Brussels. A place with secretarial services, a meeting room easily reachable in Brussels, with parking an all technical facilities (proper ambiance, food&bites, visualisation, conferencing). And ideally I would like to have a ‘lounge’ with easy and cheap catering facilities. I’m fed up meeting in restaurants. Ideally the space should equally cater for ‘exhibitions’-like networking events.
Ideally this place should be owned/leased by different with a fixed fee and on usage-base -(through the web). The concept must exist (concept and architecture). However, I haven’t seen it sofar (Frame, neither Wallpaper).
(iii) ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ places. Still finding out the answer on that one. Ine, Karla and Lorena made me reflect alot on the subject: ‘my secondary home is where my friends are’.

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