Buildings that will be rebuilt every twenty years to appear graceful and untainted. Websites under permanent consideration, in a state of perpetual renewal and adaption.
Consider the pavillon as an architectural type: it is open to interpretation and re-interpretation, it can accomodate various uses. It has no defining elements beyond its requirement to define a place – not even structural integrity or functional shelter. Its eventual disappearance is part of its plan. The pavillon is the solution to a problem that is to be defined by its use. It is oriented towards the future.
Strategies to consider:
I think the most underrated aspects of architecture’s presence are pavillons and exhibition design. […] What’s interesting is that these ephemeral, nonpermanent architectures throughout history have very often created a lasting effect and contributed to the discourse of architecture. […] They become part of the canon and push the envelope of what architecture can be. […] Exhibition pavillons in the twentieth century acted as sites for the incubation of new forms of architecture that were sometimes so shocking original and so new that they were not even recognized as architecture at all.
— April Lamm [Ed.], Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating. Sternberg Press, 2010.
In Shinto, it is seen as important that the places in which kami are venerated be kept clean and not neglected. Through to the Edo period, it was common for kami shrines to be demolished and rebuilt at a nearby location in order to remove any pollutants and ensure purity.
Once the first permanent shrines were built, Shinto revealed a strong tendency to resist architectural change, a tendency which manifested itself in the so-called 式年遷宮祭, the tradition of rebuilding shrines faithfully at regular intervals adhering strictly to their original design. (…) Ise Grand Shrine, still rebuilt every 20 years, is its best extant example.
Shrines were not completely immune to change, and in fact show various influences, particularly that of Buddhism, a cultural import which provided much of Shinto architecture's vocabulary. The 楼門, the haiden, 回廊, the tōrō, or stone lantern, and the komainu, or lion dogs (…) are all elements borrowed from Buddhism.
10 – Websites are prototypical. Referencing Rem Koolhaas, websites are editions of one. As architectural projects, they remain experimental and non-serial by nature.
"As the system of construction is deemed unchangeable, the gradual refinement of construction details is emphasized. This way, a peculiar tension develops between rather simple construction frameworks and highly intricate execution."
"Nachdem das Konstruktionssystem […] als unveränderlich gilt, werden vor allem die Konstruktionsdetails immer weiter ausgefeilt. Auf diese Weise entwickelt sich ein eigenartiger Widerspruch zwischen einem recht einfachen System der Konstruktion und einer äußerst komplizierten Ausführung der Details."
the presence of a monumental network, more subconsciously sensed than explored? realizing the fact of server farm architecture, of data and its physical location near reno, nevada? does it get entangled in the endless generative recombination of aggregated content? is it losing your sense of self in the multiverse of feeds?
a more spatial resolution of the web may be required, the UI equivalent of topographical space visible in the distance.
(by the beach, aguda)