Posts Categorized: books

Leonard Shlain on How the Alphabet Triggered Patriarchy and Consequently, Madness

And what today’s ‘civilization of the image’ is doing to rewire our brains and restructure gender dynamics    As a hoarder of images and words, I was immediately drawn to Leonard Shlain’s book The Alphabet Versus the Goddess – a bold exploration into the interplay between words and images throughout history, and their subsequent impact on […]

Inhuman Architecture: Calling for an Architecture of the Senses

We have for centuries sought to replace experience with knowledge. What a spare world we now live in! – Hugo Kuekelhaus My personal conflict with the profession of architecture began months into my third year of undergraduate studies. I became repulsed by the profession because it is essentially highly materialistic in nature – bordering often on narcissisms […]

Mircea Eliade on “the Sacred and the Profane” in Architecture

“It is sacred time that makes possible the other time, ordinary time.” In a desacralized world that has surged forth from an advocacy for a machine age built on rational thought and purported ‘freedom’ from the past, Mircea Eliade’s excellent book The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion produces a strong narrative regarding our […]