Reading 30 – Nealon

The body emerging from process is the result of human nature to improve. This is seen in technology, in habitation, and in our cognitive ability to reason. As Nealon envelopes the body in a temporal cloak, understanding change as a moment in time, where the singularity defines a very specific condition, we see the body as new. As Nealon writes “The body is nothing other than what it can do,” and these moments of emergence continually redefine what the body can do. It is always something previously unachieved in order to be considered a success or reason to move forward. Nealon also terms this as “disciplinary power,” or our mind’s ability to control the body in learning and adapting. This individualization determines the body’s limits, for which we now accept and adapt tools and technology to breach beyond what we would otherwise be capable of. Accounting for this body as an individual then generates contrast between our own understanding of body, and our outward experience of other bodies in space. This relationship helps to guide ideals towards ourselves as well as those regarding with whom and what we associate, and in what manner. Can this governance be changed drastically through architecture? To what extent do we limit ourselves from unforeseen experiences in establishing these singularities as permanent fixtures in architecture?


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My final year of architecture school at the University of Calgary!
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