Death to Beguilement

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Architecture

guile

/gahyl/

noun: Insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity

One of the meanings of beguile is ‘to charm or to divert’.

    To comment on someone being ‘without guile’ is a great compliment on his character and morality.

    Unfortunately for us, we live in a world today with an unprecedented amount of entertainment and distraction. Never has there been an age (I think) that we humans are subject to such an unstoppable flood of information.

    Like an appetite to junk food can be easily cultivated, our brains are beguiled to crave for junk information, and myself a victim.

    Undoubtedly there’s a universal recognition for the need to detach from the said distractions. From the fad of ‘travelholicism’, to the recent rediscovered interest in oriental meditation and to practise ‘mindfulness’, we see the world desperately searching for an answer.

“Many of use keep a steady stream of information flowing into our brains without taking time to meditate and apply what we have already learned.”

Francis Chan, You and Me Forever, p.13.

    The important question that I as a designer need to answer is: How do we accommodate the desire for detachment? How can this desire inform certain spatial qualities?

    With hope I can also answer: How can we cultivate a character of solitude, using architecture to restore the practice of this somewhat forgotten practise of spiritual discipline?

    The answer of course, lies in the Word. Only when we reconnect to the true Word himself can we truly detach from the noise of this world.

    Therefore true detachment is to re-attach to the One who understands the deepest thoughts and desires of our heart, and in Him only can any desire be fulfilled.

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