PRINT May 1990


Future Architecture

PEOPLE INHABIT CAVES, TENTS, HOUSES, cubes piled on top of each other. People need habit, for it is only within habit that an experience acquires meaning, just as information theory asserts that it is only within redundance, or repetition, that a noise becomes information. But you don’t have to know information theory to see that a tourist who has no home wanders about, and finds no meaning anywhere. In the Middle Ages we believed that we were all such tourists: homines viatores. Having lost our heavenly home, we were all roaming erratically in this vale of tears called the world. That is why Maimonides wrote a “Guide for Errants.” Today we have the Guides Michelin, and we have houses, and our secular culture says that our life on earth is more meaningful than whatever precedes and follows it. Still, somehow we feel unsheltered.

A house is a roof and four walls; the rest is secondary. The

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