Than Vlachos
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Nathanael Vlachos
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At 10:37am on November 15, 2011, Nold Egenter said…

Than Vlachos, yes I am home, but sorry, partly I was busy with a project, partly health problems, but now its ok, you are welcome! Have you seen the two papers at my site?
Polarity in Art, Lifestyle and Ontology - Japan, a visual and theoretical model
and: Critical objections to Wittkower's "Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism"

I have studied architecture in Zurich (ETH) but went into research after graduation under the influence of Charles Jencks attack on Modernism with his dilettantic Post-Modernism, joining Amos Rapoport, Paul Oliver and the Berkeley IASTE movements etc.. worldwide! 10 years research in Japan into village Shinto (ritual building). Main purpose:  to show that "architecture" is an elitarian term, I started constructing an "anthropology of habitat and architecture". You will find about 70 papers in my website (google negenter, click Implosion). The aesthetics aspect is related to the primordial type of reed deity formed with rooted reed using the human hand which was popular in ancient Mesopotamia 8-4000 B.C. (neolithic villages) and survived into early cities: Ishtar cult in Uruk. Produces a bipolar form: stable triangles below, mobile stalks above. Since these signs were of high complexity in the sedentary agrarian villages (territorial implications, social structure: village founder as some sort of prototype of king, aesthetics as planning principle, cyclic renewal of perishable symbol: continuity during considerable lengths of time. Religion has devalued this phenomenon of village territory as "primitive religion" and thus prevented that they were studied as objective empirical phenomena of early settlements. Japan had stopped Christian influences in the middle of 17 century (after ca. 100 years), and could preserve a rich wealth of traditions in its villages which means that we can still reconstruct their importance as an early and very complex cause of sedentary human culture. Taken as an early culturally complex pattern it questions the values we relate with "high civilisation". In my view civilisation was to a great extent a copy of neolithic cultural conditions spatially blown up into macrocosmic fictions (religion!). If you are interested I can send you my 100 village study in English and the CD of the website. There are also six videos in Youtube (type negenter in Youtube: they will show as 01-06)  P.S. One is about apes-nestbuiliding which is also part of the concept. Best regards. Nold Egenter

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