Climate and Milieu: Exploring the Middle Field in Libraries
Knowledge and Milieu: Physicality vs Virtuality
From the Royal Library of Alexandria to Wikipedia: Physicality vs Virtuality _ Aldo Vanini
Can physical spaces still compete with the virtual network in creating human milieus, keeping alive in a material way the social relations among human beings?
Actually the popular idea of “naturality” is naïve and ambiguous. Once humanity’s dependence on natural conditions was largely overcome by means of technology, the concept of the environment as climate has shifted towards a more complex idea that modern thought tends to define in terms of the milieu, conceived as a set of relationships among the environment itself, human activity and the stratifications of values and memories produced by history. Only a strong physical and cultural milieu can guarantee a well-ordered society and a balanced sense of identity and belonging.
Public buildings such as libraries, crucial in preserving and promoting knowledge and social relations, can participate in many different ways in the material consolidation of a milieu: helping users connect to a larger, “natural” environment; integrating into a contemporary or historical urban context; or favoring the creation of an entirely new urban situation.
Climate and Milieu: Exploring the Middle Field in Schools
Nature and the Manmade World
Nature and the Manmade World _ Silvio Carta
If the manmade world-where almost anything is considered in relationship to the man-is on the one extreme of a possible way of seeing architecture, and a natural world, where instead nature is seen as uncontrollable and powerful force which the man is simply unable to control-is the on other extreme, is any sort of balanced position possible? Once a building is constructed, and its physical shapes loudly talk about the man’s intention of generating new spaces or modifying the previous spatial configuration of a place, how does this architecture relate to nature? Is the man’s artefact allowing nature to be part of it, both physically and conceptually? Or is architecture–once physically generated-secluding itself and the life in it from any form of nature outside? How people can experience nature through artefacts and–in particular- through architecture? This text tries to reflect upon such questions with the support of several high school projects recently realized in different parts of the world in the search for a possible middle ground between Climate and Milieu.