YOU LIVE WITH US, WE LIVE WITH YOU… for 5 PLUS ARCHITECTS.
We live with buildings, and they, in turn live with us. We, the citizens, define the culture of our cities and therefore the architecture that is constructed around us. And then, in turn, this architecture defines us in our daily lives.
For this project I’m taking the point of view of the building, created because we decided it had to be built. We talk of buildings as having atmospheres, and often refer to them almost as living entities in their own right, with the best of them lasting beyond the lifetimes of many generations. Often it’s the buildings that we look to to maintain the continuum of our streets and the personality of our environment. We talk of New York, or Florence or Paris in terms of their architecture and as the foundation, or the stage, on which life is then lived.
Buildings co-exist with and beyond our lives. I will use photographing at dawn and dusk, the beginning and end of days, as a metaphor, like a speeded up film in which the people and light are fleeting but the buildings remain still and solid. Over several months, capturing the change in daylight hours and seasons, I’ll be exploring the relationship that the buildings have with us and our cities and, as we arrive and leave each day, examine how a building adapts and survives in the space in which it was placed by we humans.