Architecture et présence : entre idée, image et communication

Abstract : When questioning Architecture using several examples throughout history up to our contemporary world, we found many answers to existential interrogations that seem enigmatic. The phenomenon of communication or expression through architecture is somehow related to antagonism that led to the clash of civilizations. By its “presence”, the architecture configures the world of man, satisfying his material needs, as well as their dreams but also his dreams and ideals. Architecture carries his “Ideas” reflects his “vision” and communicates his “Messages”. More than anything else, it can enchant him by building e new world. However, it can also destroy him by violating his senses, polluting his spirit by the ideas it conveys. The architectural world also marks the place by its presence, it becomes a “symbol” or “image”, a landmark in the international journey which presents itself as a challenge, or even a new conflict of power through emblematic buildings. This architectural that we call “Landmark” becomes an essential paradigm of “presence” and mutation. Its essential mission is to go beyond the instrumental, an inevitable factor of stability and continuity of the world. A path towards the future, not only a reflexion of the past. This debate, in relation with a new dimension of architecture, combines itself with the fourth dimension and goes even further, looking for the true reason of the world’s survival through architecture and time. This aspect, in relation with communication, and which is present in the sociological and historical discourse, deserves to be studies more thoroughly by us architects. We sometimes hide some major aspects relative to communication by the mere “presence” of buildings purposely created by our alert and diligent subconscious.
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Joseph Mecarsel. Architecture et présence : entre idée, image et communication. Sciences de l'information et de la communication. Université de Toulon, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014TOUL0015⟩. ⟨tel-01654506⟩

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