Thursday, 25 July 2013

#5 Perspective or The refined art of letting go

Nikon D3100

Perspective. It's a word you hear a lot when people are trying to justify their choices. It's a word you also hear a lot when you study architecture. We're always looking for it, we're always picturing it in our heads, the desire to find it is in every line, every cut, every angle we draw, every step we take is towards it. But if everything is about perspective, then what is the right one? Or rather the most accepted one? Should we look for consensus? Isn't that the only thing we can really rely on being objected, accounted for, the amount of people that agree with said perspective? I could tell a story, or in this case, design something - which some say is the same thing - but the person I'm telling it about will tell it differently. I could say concrete is an awful material to use in a given building, because it makes it morbid, because it rains a lot wherever it is, but someone else will say concrete will fit beautifully in the grey, rainy poem that is the composition between the building and said place. So what, everything is relative? "It's all a matter of perspective" is possibly the most infuriating response anyone can give to any sort of accusation. But it's true! And how is it that anyone comes up with moral values?? It's baffling that 7 billion brains, with 7 billion different perspectives can coexist and actually come to the conclusion that there is a set of rules that determines right from wrong and everyone ought to abide by them. How can that be? How can something be one hundred percent right or wrong? I'm not referring to crimes and good deeds, no, this is not an anarchic dissertation on how we should all do as we please because everyone has the power to rule over one another, that's not what I mean at all. I'm speaking of the most mundane things! I'm speaking of forgetting to call someone you were meant to call on a specific day that that person so happens to be in serious need of a conversation. Is it that awful that you forgot, are you as selfish as the other person thinks you are, as she feels sorry for herself? But was it really that hard to call and avoid all that sorrow? What's the solution then? Should we all fight for our perspective? For our story? Is that selfish of us? Is architecture the most self-centered act of human kind, since it's the actual materialization of one's perspective? Maybe not. Maybe it's actually the purest form of perspective, since it's reaching for a consensus… or at least it should. It should please others. Hell, it should please the masses. If we have to sacrifice our ego on the way so be it. That's what it's for… so should we act like that in life too? Pretend like nothing ever bothers us, since it's all a matter of perspective, meaning that in some parallel universe, where the overall conditions of some actions would be different, that specific action would, in fact, not bother us at all. Should we preach consensus? Should we preach perspective? Or should we preach perspective that aims at consensus? Is that perspective at all?