L'idée des batisseurs

Île de la Cité

I remembered once, in Japan, having been to see the Gold Pavilion Temple in Kyoto and being mildly surprised at quite how well it had weathered the passage of time since it was first built in the fourteenth century. I was told it hadn’t weathered well at all, and had in fact been burnt to the ground twice in this century. “So it isn’t the original building?” I had asked my Japanese guide.

“But yes, of course it is,” he insisted, rather surprised at my question.

“But it’s burnt down?”

“Yes.”

“Twice.”

“Many times.”

“And rebuilt.”

“Of course. It is an important and historic building.”

“With completely new materials.”

“But of course. It was burnt down.”

“So how can it be the same building?”

“It is always the same building.”

I had to admit to myself that this was in fact a perfectly rational point of view, it merely started from an unexpected premise. The idea of the building, the intention of it, its design, are all immutable and are the essence of the building. The intention of the original builders is what survives. The wood of which the design is constructed decays and is replaced when necessary. To be overly concerned with the original materials, which are merely sentimental souvenirs of the past, is to fail to see the living building itself.”

Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See

Via pieq (on IRC##openweb) → bgdam (on Reddit) I was terribly saddened by the Notre Dame fire, but this Douglas Adams quote has brought me a lot of solace. Hope it brings you some too.

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Notre-Drame

Île de la Cité

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Ça commence à sentir les vacances

Le mois de mai approche, la période de l’année que je préfère avant l’été qui suit ; en gros 5 ou 6 mois de beau temps (relatif) et de températures agréables, même si on est pas à l’abri de quelques gelées — j’ai des souvenirs de neige fin mai, c’est dire. Les fraises du marché ne valent pas celles  […]

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