Category Archives: Life

Irena Werning: Back to the future: Daphne

2011 [NEWER ]


1986 [OLDER]

Werning Future Daphne

[reinterpretation of photo]


Logone Birni Cameroon

Similarity: a point, feature, or detail in which two items are alike

Self-similarity: the property of having a substructure analagous or identical to an overall structure [WHOLE: richtup: town / PART: leftdown: individual house]

[definition of similarity and self-similarity by]

Logone Birni Cameroun

[reinterpretation of photos]

Up & down

“The mind–body [UP-DOWN] problem in philosophy examines the relationship between mind and matter.”

[from Wikipedia]

“Solid-void [DOWN-UP] theory is the three-dimensional counterpart to figure-ground theory. It holds that the volumetric spaces shaped or implied by the placement of solid objects are as important as, or more important than, the objects themselves.”

[from 101 Things I learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick]



“Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time in between, a moment of indeterminate time in which something special happens. What the special something is depends on who is using the word. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative nature.”

[from Wikipedia]


Roger Sperry: left & right brain hemispheres

“Roger Sperry, a Nobel Prize winner, initiated the study of the relationship between the brain’s right and left hemispheres. Sperry found that the left [LEFT] half of the brain tends to function by processing information in an analytical, rational, logical, sequential way. The right [RIGHT] half of the brain tends to function by recognizing relationships, integrating and synthesizing information, and arriving at intuitive insights”

[quote by John Robert Dew, Are you a Right-Brain or Left-Brain Thinker?, in Quality Progress Magazine, april 1966]

Sperry brain left right

David Nash: Two Ubus

“Two Ubus were inspired by a pair of asymmetrical shapes [man? on the LEFT >< woman? on the RIGHT] that Nash saw in one of Mark Rothko’s Seagram murals. They were titled after a suggestion by a student working with Nash who was reminded of Ubu Roi, an absurd character from the play ‘Ubu the King’ invented in the 1890s by the avant-garde satirist Alfred Jarry.”

[info from, 2012]

[reinterpretation of sculpture ‘Two Ubus’ by David Nash, 1988]

Neutelings-Riedijk: firestation Maastricht: though-guy >< white down

… When the alarm sunds, the coloured windows of the lounge begin tot flicker widly like the flashing lights on fire engines.  The crew rush out and clatter across the tin bridge which me made as light [RIGHT] and as noisy as possible.  Falling with a dull thud on the cushions at the base of the poles, they sprint tot the waiting fire engines and tear off with sirens wailing [LEFT]…

[reinterpretation of images of firestation in Maastricht by Neutelings Riedijk, as published in ‘At Work’, Neutelings Riedijk, 2004]

Xaveer De Geyter: house in Mariakerke, Belgium: plan

“Every [of the 4 parts of the] house offers a variety of spatial conditions and tectonic contrasts [4 x KAIROS] – enclosed versus exploding, intimate versus open, public versus private, height versus luminosity, and concrete versus abstract.”

[quote of architect Xaveer De Geyter, in Bekaert Geert, ‘Design Experience.  Xaveer De Geyter Architects, in ‘Rooted in the Real’, edited by Van Gerrewey Christophe, Vlees en Beton, Gent, 2011, p.207]

[reinterpetation of plan of house in Mariakerke, by architect Xaveer De Geyter]