2011/04/26

Genius loci




For ancient Romans, genius loci was the protective spirit of a place. Later in the 18th century, Alexander Pope gave the current meaning, i.e. the adaptation of architecture to its natural surroundings:

        “In all, let Nature never be forgot […] Consult the genius of the place in all.”

And building concrete cubes in the deep of the forest is silly. If you don’t believe me, please go and ask to your Genius… he would tell you almost the same thing. Unless he was trained at the Bauhaus.

Some books you might want to read if you decide to go deeper into the subject:
  • Norberg-Schulz, Christian. Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture. New York: Rizzoli, 1979
  • Baker, Geoffrey H. Design Strategies in Architecture: An Approach to the Analysis of Form. Van Nostrand Reinhold (International), 1989
  • Charles Moore, Gerald Allen & Donlyn Lyndon. The Place of Houses. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001

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