International Competitions in Architecture
A HOUSE FOR TERESA OF AVILA
Or should it be an "inner castle," if we are to use her own words...?!?
But shouldn't, perhaps, ANY house / home be an "inner castle...?!?"
How would this "castle" be...? And would it really be "a castle...?!?"
What about being "a blessing of tears...?" (again, using her own words)
500 years since the birth of Teresa de Avila maybe we should remember Bernini's work, "The Ecstasy of St. Teresa..."
What is the relationship between architecture and ecstasy, if any...?
Could we devoid the word "ecstasy" of its spiritual content...?
Our"ecstasies". in the present, are rather banal and prosaic... if indeed the word "ecstasy" is appropriate at all.
What kind of ecstasy could that be, in front of a new pair of underwear advertised by Justin Bieber...? Or knowing that...
So, could we imagine AN ECSTATIC ARCHITECTURE...????????
But would we also be able to endure the other side of the coin, that is the mortifications of human flesh and human desire as symbolised and practiced by Teresa of Avila...?!?
We certainly want only PLEASURE.
But, as Leonardo well knew and said, Pain and Pleasure are twins.
On St. Peter's Day in 1559, Teresa became firmly convinced that Jesus Christ presented himself to her in bodily form, though invisible. These visions lasted almost uninterrupted for more than two years. In another vision, a seraph drove the fiery point of a golden lance repeatedly through her heart, causing an ineffable spiritual-bodily pain.
“I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it...
The motto usually associated with her: Lord, either let me suffer or let me die.
So let's imagine "The House of Pious Seclusion for a Shoeless Nun."
But why is Teresa of Avila the patron saint of laceworks and laceworkers...?
Her last words were:
"My Lord, it is time to move on. Well then, may your will be done. O my Lord and my Spouse, the hour that I have longed for has come. It is time to meet one another."
We wonder in our highly "tolerant" age what cartoon would Charlie choose to depict Saint Teresa...?
While to be tolerant is advisable, should seriousness be totally banished from our life...? Should we really make fun of everything...?
How are we to avoid the trivialization and infantilization of culture, if we continue to do so...???????????
To end: please design THE HOUSE OF RELIGIOUS FERVOR, OR THE HOUSE OF ECSTASY, inspired by Saint Teresa of Avila, whose 500th birthday will be on the 28th of March, 2015. The deadline to receive your work is on the same day. You can send us ANY work, ANY format and ANY size that responds to the theme. The work should be sent digitally to firstname.lastname@example.org. All the works received will be displayed in the windows of The University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu" in Bucharest (UAUIM) and we will also display them on our website.
This event is initiated and organized by UAUIM and ICARCH.
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