The Weatherford home for children: a look into time


Time is an intimate part of our lives. Everything that is done is measured in some relation to it. Questions such as 'how old are you', 'when were you born', 'when will we get there', and 'what was this for' are all things we have asked before. All, and many more, have to do with when.

This in turn leads to other questions. 'How does this affect me?' Or, a more common thought may be 'where was I when this or that happened?' Often time has "meanings" that derive from its temporal "location." In terms of architecture "temporal location" is extremely important.

'When does a building exist? Does it exist right now as you stand in front of it, or does it always stay in the time it was built, traveling forward in time but providing a link to the past. How does an addition affect this temporal location? A person's perception will determine how any of these questions are answered. In Monsters of Architecture, Frascari quotes Lodoli concerning architecture's relationship to tune. "An architectural project is a continuous sign; it results from an uninterrupted act of design that is based on a continuous search for the human measure to bridge the past and the future."

Time in Architecture involves a way to place a building, both when it was made and how it is, and was, used, and also gives a look toward the development of the structure and the surrounding community; therefore, time allows us to understand in what way the built environment has developed and where it may go.

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