Questions of Space Pt.1

Today I was wondering at the MoMa and all of sudden I recall various quotes I’ve read from the past. They are a collection of questions from Bernard Tschumi about space. Though I might have long forgotten about them, I am very grateful that they have now come back to me.

1.0 Is space a material thing in which all material things are located?

1.1 Is space a material thing, does it have boundaries?

1.12 If space does not have boundaries, do things then extend infinitely?

1.121 As every finite extent of space is infinitely divisible (since every space can contain smaller spaces), can an infinite collection of spaces then form a finite space?

1.13 In any case, if space is an extension of matter, can one part of space be distinguished from another?

1.2 If space is not matter, is it merely the sum of all spatial relations between material things?

1.3 If space is neither matter nor a set of objective relations between things, is it something subjective with which the mind catagorises things?

1.31 If the structure of the mind imposes an priori from (that precedes all experience) to the perception of the external world, is apce such a form?

1.32 If space is such a form, does it have precedence over all other perception?

1.4 If, etymologically, ‘defining’ space is both making space distinct and stating the precise nature of space, is this an essential paradox of space?

1.5 Architecturally, if defining space is making space distinct, does making space distinct ‘define’ space?

1.51 If architecture is the art of making space distinct, is it also the art of stating the precise nature of space?

1.6 Is architecutre the concept of space, the space and the definition of space?

1.61 If the concept of space is not a space, is the materialisation of the concept of space, a space?

1.611 Is conceptual space then the space of which material is the concept?

1.612 Incidentally, is the experience of the materialisation of the concept of the space the experience of space?

1.62 If the matrerialisation of the concept of space is a space, then is space a hole in a space that it is not?

1.63 If the history of architecture is the history of spatial concepts, is space as a uniformly-extensive-material-to-be-modelled-in-various-ways at the origin of architectural space as: a) the power of volumes and their interaction; b) hollowed-out interior space; c) the interaction between inner and outer space; d) the presence of absence?

1.631 Does a De Stijl facade differ from a Baroque one through the micro-space it defines?

1.7 If Euclidian space is restricted to a three-dimensional lump of matter, is non-Euclidian space to be restricted to a series of events is four-dimensional space-time?

1.71 If other geometries give a clearer understanding of space than Euclidian geometry, has space itself changed with the construction of spaces with d-dimensions?

1.72 Is topology a mental construction towards a theory of space?


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