Unstable Grounds (to Nepal)
One of the most cardinal (yet hidden) functions of architecture is to provide a sense of security and control. Architecture attempts to adapt and domesticate the natural environment; it veils every element that might threaten the human daily routine; it creates barriers which enable obliviousness to the void beneath it; it defines an illusion of stability in an everchanging environment. Under the assumption that architecture’s grasp over the world is limited, it is at least reasonable to aspire to maximize the sense of control in space. How deep do foundations have to be dug to eliminate the influence of the earth’s movements? How intense is the effort to obtain the illusion of stability?