Fire and Memory: On Architecture and Energy by Luis Fernández-Galiano, Gina Cariño

By Luis Fernández-Galiano, Gina Cariño

In fireplace and reminiscence , Luis Fernández-Galiano reconstructs the move from chilly to hot structure, from development hearth to construction a construction with and for fireplace, via what he calls a ''metaphorical plundering'' of disciplines as assorted as anthropology and economics, and specifically of ecology and thermodynamics. starting with the legendary hearth within the origins of structure and relocating to its symbolic illustration within the 20th century, Galiano develops a theoretical discussion among combustion and development that levels from Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, from the mechanical and natural to time and entropy. Galiano issues out that strength, so very important to the starting place of architectural thought in Vitruvius's time, has been absent from architectural thought because the advent of the ''dictatorship of the eye'' over that of the surface. With hearth and reminiscence , he reintroduces strength to the dialogue of structure and reminds us that the feel of contact is as essential to an figuring out of our surroundings because the experience of sight.

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12 At this point we must remember something that was briefly stated in chapter 1. What makes thermodynamics so different from other scientific theories, what accounts for its extreme originality and marks its break from the mechanistic conception, resides precisely in the idea of entropy established by the second principle. The first principle, that of energy conservation, does not create—as was once thought—any conflict with the laws of classical mechanics. Cosmological architectures, from Newton to Einstein: Ledoux’s engraving—significantly titled “elevation of the cemetery of the village of Chaux”—expresses the symbolic relationship between the harmony of the spheres and the Rousseauian harmony of the ideal community; Mendelsohn’s sketches for the Einstein tower manifest the architect’s desire to give spatial expression to the new concepts of physics.

When the house is happy, soft smoke rises in gay rings above the roof. If the child is unhappy, however, the house bears traces of his distress. In this connection, Françoise Minkowska organized an unusually moving exhibition of drawings by Polish and Jewish children who had suffered the cruelties of the German occupation during the last war. ”29 The warm house, like the maternal womb, expresses the joy of the protective shelter; the more inclement the season, the more intense the joy; the colder it is outside, the more intimate the warmth becomes.

The Roman’s narrow interpretation of utilitas we would have to add that sun and fire also make life more significant. In this way we would better understand the double role—functional and symbolic—played by sun and fire, the world of orbits and that of combustion, celestial mechanics and terrestrial thermodynamics, which constitutes the axis of the relation between architecture and energy. two The Heating of the World, from Newton to Carnot From Celestial Mechanics to Earthly Thermodynamics 34 – 35 The mechanistic paradigm and thermodynamics trajectories and processes The opposition between the world of trajectories and that of combustion does not appear in architecture in a casual way.

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