THE TENSE OF ARCHITECTURE ░░ AN ESSAY BY JEAN-JACQUES LECERCLE

The tense of architecture should not be that of 'This is this' or 'Here is this' but instead that of 'What's going on?

-- Architectural Body (2002), Madeline Gins and Arakawa

The eminent philosopher Jean-Jacques Lecercle demonstrates how Arakawa and Gins have a great deal to teach philosophers of language. “The tense of architecture” is not merely a metaphor, but a metamorphosis; “Deciding not to die” is not simply an allegory, but an incarnate position. Making sense of these propositions requires replacing the phenomenological body—the traditional site of language—with an architectural body steeped in social praxis.

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