Kisses Make Architecture — Perspective Magazine

Kisses Make Architecture — Perspective Magazine

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This month I was asked by Perspective magazine to write a short piece on where I find my inspiration from. Here's a slightly longer version.

The Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli says that “we don't understand the world as made by stones — by things. We understand the world made by kisses, or things like kisses: happenings.” This captures something about where I find my inspiration — in a world of events and not in what we wrongly assume are static objects; the demon was Descartes all along — the universes fizzes with happenings. I find my inspiration in things that come and go, ebb and flow, that may not be here tomorrow — or may; a finely woven mesh of suspense.

I am, by training, an architect; some say I’d lost my way, a wandering sheep. I say, I found it; wondering. I found it long before it was proclaimed missing by the border police of discourse patrol – why do we keep giving a fuck about what they say? The border, as Rosi Bradotti says is where all the action is at. The moment of loss? an absence full of presence; fragments of a gentle kiss; found in the former Haçienda nightclub in Manchester. The interiors, designed by Ben Kelly in 1982 changed nightclub design. Everyday materials and iconography used to create a kind of urban stage set — a theater for a thousand mini — often wild and exuberant — happenings.  

The demon stopped whispering on the dance-floor. An immanent revelation. Damascus road, with no blinding light and no booming voice. Stones were no longer stones. Silly really, ‘off your tits’ – as it was called – nineteen-ninety-something-or-other, cutting shapes through smoke and light, thinking about architecture and atoms and realising that it is kisses that makes for interesting architecture.

Robots, Marx and the first concrete framed building in Ireland — Perspective Magazine

Robots, Marx and the first concrete framed building in Ireland — Perspective Magazine

Houses Tell Stories — The Sunday Times

Houses Tell Stories — The Sunday Times