Before Fundamentals 2014: Iain Borden on Elemental Spaces – Doors, Windows, Bridges

by Christian Parreno

[…] I would suggest here that the way to progress such a materialist history of experience of architecture is by looking at the more fundamental processes by which architecture is engaged. This would mean thinking about elemental modes rather than activities or functions, and different kinds of elemental spaces rather that the bounded spaces of buildings, cities or countries. By elemental spaces I am thinking of things such as the boundaries, doors, windows, bridges, regions and so on – anything that might have a typological or generic form. By elemental modes I am thinking of things such as conditions of the body, direction, or attitude to space.

Borden, Iain (2001) Skateboarding, Space and the City. Architecture and the Body. Oxford: Berg. 266