DISTANCE AND ENGAGEMENT

Particular conception of design processes; derived from Claude Levi-Strauss’s analysis of Edgard Allan Poe’s short story of two brothers who suffered a shipwreck caused by a whirpool. During the ‘Descent into the Maelström’, one brother, in awe of his immediate circumstances, is overcome with fear and drowns (engagement); the other brother detaches himself from reality, ensuring his survival by clinging to a floating drum (distance).

(Gunther Vogt cit. Alice Foxley (ed.), Distance and Engagement (2010)

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Gunther Vogt, Novartis Campus (2011) (Christian Vogt photos)

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DISTANCE AND ENGAGEMENT

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