Sunday, November 27, 2011

A quick quote

"The cumulative effect of architecture during the last two centuries has been like that of a general lobotomy performed on society at large, obliterating vast areas of social experience.  It is employed more and more as a preventive measure; an agency for peace, security and segregation which, by its very nature, limits the horizon of experience - reducing noise-transmission, differentiating movement patterns, suppressing smells, stemming vandalism, cutting down the accumulation of dirt, impeding the spread of disease, veiling embarrassment, closeting indecency and abolishing the unnecessary; incidentally reducing daily life to a private shadow-play.  But on the other side of this definition, there is surely another kind of architecture that would seek to give full play to the things that have been so carefully masked by its anti-type; an architecture arising out of the deep fascination that draws people towards others; an architecture that recognizes passion, carnality and sociality.  The matrix of connected rooms might well be an integral feature of such buildings."
-Robin Evans, "Figures, Doors and Passages," 1978

I just reread this while going over stuff for my Architectural History and Theory final exam.  It's from a long but interesting article that is more or less a history of the hallway.