How can we think of an architecture of proximity – to mix ways of living together – which in times of pandemic becomes a threat to the domestic? To draw this phenomenon is not just to illustrate or repeat it. Rather, to draw as a form of (re)search is to assess architecture with measure and specificity through multiple scales. Doing so may guide us to connect the extraordinary circumstances of our ‘now’ with a fundamental condition of our collective experience.
The nature of this collective experience refuses abstraction and generalisation, but rather, demands attention. To abstract makes us forget not only the body, but the body situated in space, the individualised body caught up in tangible relationships that are not interchangeable, and not relativizable in the last instance. To draw attentively does not reduce the individual to a theoretical construct. To draw attentively is to measure specificities and engage with the concrete problems that a person faces as an individual living in a community of others.
Guillaume Othenin-Girard, Assistant Professor
with Nga Ting Cheung, Yi Go, Ka Chun Lai, Hin Fung Sherman Lam, Jennifer Cheuk Wing Lam, Ruoxi Li, Yin Li, Kent Mundle, Xiao Tang, Ka Lee Tsang, Long Ting Yu, Rochelle Charis Yu.
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