Align between language, thought and architecture
McKee, David Williams
Master of Architecture
The Modern Epoch was characterized by a move to control discourse and to achieve a criterion of critique and meaning commensurate with notions of wholeness, consensus, clarity, closure, telos, and order. Yet the postmodernist critique has rendered such a criterion and notions inappropriate and inapplicable. The separation that seemingly existed between words and things has been shown to be but a thing of language. This altered understanding has brought discourse in architecture to a state of crisis. In modern building we continue to push the dualities in which we think and live further apart. Our representations seem divided and our sense of the built world may correspondingly be reduced to an incongruity of doubles. We do not understand the logic of our own language, yet restoration and recuperation of a criterion of critique and meaning is precisely dependent on an understanding of the relationships that exist between language, thought and architecture.