dogon space:: twin phenomena paradigm

Extreme Articulation:: Isotropic Space

Objects System

Dogon Basket

basket * house * village * city * universe

Dogon UnitDogon Village

a dogon compound:
an oxymoron: complex simplicity

a large house-little city:
twin phenomena paradigm

'The city is a big house and the house is a small city.'

The Twin Phenomena Paradigm shatters the barriers of dualism between open space and closed space.
A combination of basic spatial units transcends the incremental structure: the space syntax produces a large open space that, in the dramatic play of light, dissolves into the whole.
This key concept of "african gemellity paradigm" has been introduced into the thought of Modern Architecture by Van Eyck, the Dutch master-architect, after his initiation in the Dogon Land in early fifties.
As an undisputable basis of the twenties revival , Extreme Articulation is a move towards a Baroque Complexity and the 19th century contradiction that provoked the implosion of the classical modern into the trends we meet today. Note also that the primary means of articulation implies literaly that the planar skin volumes of the twenties are substituted by 3-dim facade. 

Gemeillity Paradigm

The Inner Horizon of Space

Clark Unversity LibraryOpen-Closed Staircase
Extreme Articulation::Building's Models:
Clark Library Uni-MassUSA and St Catherine College-France

Space should always be articulated in such a way that places are created, spatial units whose appropriate di-mensions and correct measure of enclosedness enable them to accomodate the pattern of relations of those who will use it...
It goes without saying that the nature of the articulation, such as its 'wavelength' and its quality - that is, how the principle is put into pratice - determi-nes the potential of the space.
We must articulate things to make them smaller, i.e. no bigger than neces-sary, and more manageable. And because articulation increases applicability, the space expands at the same time...

Articulation, then, leads to 'expansion of capacity' and thus to greater yields from the material available. Less material is therefore needed, thanks to its greater intensity.
Things should only be big if they consist of a massing together of small units, for oversized proportionssoon create distance and detachement...

Largeness based on multiplicity implies greater complex-ity, and that complexity enhances the interpretative po-tential thanks to the greater diversity of relationsand the interaction of the individual components that together form the whole.
H. Hertzberger

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