To build is to weave

To build is to weave

Prof. Tim Ingold


Prof. Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen)  

To build is to weave

In the mid-nineteenth century, Gottfried Semper controversially argued that the earliest buildings were woven structures. In this paper I shall spell out the implications of the view that building is, in the first place, a process of weaving akin to basketry and its implications for post-Renaissance understandings of architecture. As baskets are woven, I shall argue, so buildings are grown, and their form emerges out of this process of growth rather than from the imposition of a pre-conceived design on formless raw material. 



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