Bezalel's Compass

March 31, 2011

The Sublime

Really? The romantic notion of the sublime, granted, with all its Kantian connotations and Burke-ian baggage, can’t be re-appropriated to describe something redeeming in the classicist’s notion of architecture? Blah, the problem of the romantic sublime is similar to the problem of classical beauty. Namely atheism. There is no ground. When we dis-positioned God as central to understanding (i.e. Kant) we lost all standard of reference toward propriety and decorum. That is the problem of the sublime… not its emotive locus but its misplaced expectation. We love the sublime for illegitimate reasons. Prayer, on the other hand, confronts the terribly awesome for the sole purpose of personal gratification. This confrontation fuels the architect’s vision of the infinitely, though still limited, possible. I admit, I’m a latent romantic and christian hedonist at heart.


March 4, 2011

The beautiful Eucharist

Filed under: Drawing on Life, Education of an architect, On Existence and Time — Eric G. Ivers @ 5:30 am

The beauty we perceive in the natural order directs our attention to the Beauty of the sacred order. The love of God is made manifest in the world of our temporal and yet goodly existence. Our response to this beauty (charis) leads us to a response of true thanksgiving (Eu-charis-t). Here lies the fortified crossing of the bridge between heaven and earth.

The Government School

Filed under: Drawing on Life, Education of an architect, Kids These Days, on idolatry — Eric G. Ivers @ 5:17 am

So hear lies the heart of the problem. With whatever intention, the public school founded an institution that offered free education to a class of people struggling to live an American dream. The carrot poised left only a small choice. Specialists would provide the best education while unloosing the bonds of an implied domestic slavery. Here is the rest of the story… When those shackles fell to the floor, the family de-nucleated. The parents whose responsibility it was to maintain a fore-understanding of their own children’s cultivations, left it to others who were pronounced more adequate. Instead what has occurred is an educational system of under-qualified specialists attempting to provide a generalist education to a society of disenfranchised children of parents too busy masking the duty of actual upbringing with consumer competitiveness. Once upon a time, parents continued to educated themselves !so that! they might best educate their inheritance. In this era, the elders were wise.

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