Wednesday, February 11, 2009

BUILDING THE VARDO: "Liveliness always needs the potential of becoming..."

Yesterday we did small and satisfying gatherings. We went looking for floor tile and hardware for the front door, and found both. The tiles will be like stepping on well-worn terra-cotta, pinky-red worn yet not slippery. The door knob! It's a glass knob with a pineapple on its face. You know how tickled I am to have that small delight waiting for me when I come home? Oh so very tickled! A simple bolt to hold top to bottom half of the Dutch door is ordered as well.

The quote included in the title of this post comes from our favorite zen book of architecture, THE TAO OF ARCHITECTURE. (The book is available through, link on the title if you're interested.) Today the sun is bright in the sky, the pale blue is almost transparent. Snow still covers the lawn, melting slowly just to remind us of the in between-ness of today. The day is our example that "liveliness always needs the potential of becoming."

The book THE TAO OF ARCHITECTURE sits in the living room table next to the wheatgrass. When I went through the front door of the apartment this morning I saw it lying there, face down. It called my name, I reached for it and this paragraph read itself to me:

"Liveliness always needs the potential of becoming. It seems that one way to curb flooding in space is by holding an environment together by an intangible line suggested by tangible mass ... in perpendicular relation with the direction of flowing ... an effect between being and non-being of flowing...This effect is equivalent to a "retard" in music..."

Pete: "Where are we with this? What I like is the curve of the roof. From the front to the back it's in unison with the curvature of the Earth."
Mokihana: "Good question. It's a perfect time for us to consider how to curb flooding in space ... by holding an environment together.... We're starting to move from the outside into VARDOFORTWO. The tiny home is one open 8x10 space. What I imagine is hanging partial fabric 'walls' from the arches in the ceiling. Like in The Kitchenette ... we can create a pause with a fabric wall between THE DOOR and SPACE for the computer ~ Another pause falls in front of the bed.

The paragraph in THE TAO OF ARCHITECTURE ends with this beautiful image comforting us as we play with the possibilities, "A rather confined environment hence becomes a visual volume of melting softness."

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