Pseud\’s Corner!

Must be, this cannot have been written for any other reason than to get an entry in Pseud\’s Corner:

Square buildings conform to the masculine ideas of division and sides. Over this last age the masculine qualities have been edified while those of the feminine were rubbished. Hence we have a dominance of cell-like cubes that easily switch between prison, school, shop, office and home and a paucity of round buildings. It is interesting to note that one of the few ideas for a round building during the last age was Jeremy Bentham\’s plans for his Panopticon prison.Round structures embody the more feminine ideas of eternity and flow. There are no beginnings or ends and to wake inside such a room is to feel an attunement with the circles of sky and earth and the spiralling seasons of time. Roundhouses don\’t subscribe to the masculine abstractions that have proved so briefly successful.

And he\’s wrong about the Panopticon as well.

A La Ronde.

It\’s been a certain trial to my sister that having married the heir to that house the mother in law sold it off to the National Trust.

Not so much the house though….15 acres of gardens above the Exe…..

11 thoughts on “Pseud\’s Corner!”

  1. I have not an ounce of respect for any man who has no practical experience, and effectively denounces the wisdom of others who do. For any man who has ever tried to build a wall (or indeed a house) will tell you, while building in a straight line is hard enough, its a doddle compared to building curves.

    But oh no, our intrepid author decrees millenia of building experience is but another example of male dogma & dominance.

    Well perhaps he’d like to live in a house designed and built entirely by women, curves and all. While he’s waiting for that to materialise, as there aren’t that many female brickies, carpenters, JCB drivers, hod carriers, plasterers, electricians, plumbers, roofers etc etc around, the rest of the male construction industry can get on building square houses for everyone else to live in, at considerably less cost.

    If thats ok with him of course…………

  2. The Pedant-General

    But there is an obvious flaw in his argument here: if we were to have a choice of round houses and square/oblong/straight sided houses, the public would have to make a choice as to which they want.

    Oh the humanity! We must ensure that there is a (well-funded) benevolent bureaucracy to determine what shape houses we should live in.

    Oh… wait…
    Remind me: what was the shape of all the council tower blocks erected by our (well-funded) benevolent bureaucracy in the 50s, 60s and 70s?

  3. There’s this fascinating architectural book called something like “Changing Homes” which is about how buildings change once they’ve first been built. The author, male, observes that when he was younger he was a fan of globe buildings, but then realised how inflexible they were. The advantage of right angles is that they easily fit together, so you you can change the layout of a rectangular room, be that by rearranging the furniture or by extending it, or subdividing it, or whatever, much more flexibly.

    So rectangular rooms embody the ideas of flow much more than circular rooms.

  4. The Panopticon itself wasn’t intended to be an enjoyable environment where one felt at ease with the world, but one from which there was no escaping the gaze of the guards.

  5. From the author’s own website:-

    “I learned to meditate and practice tai chi and wrote my first book, ‘Density Yellow’, which aspired to convey some of the ideas within ‘The Parable’ but was rendered incomprehensible by the vast amounts of weed I was using to self-medicate. After a break-through in 2000 I began the process of healing myself from the wounds of childhood. Moving to Brighton, I discovered reflexology, Reiki and the Shamanic path. The latter helped me draw together the poetry, story-telling, healing, dancing and dressing up which have long been so important to my sense of living.”

    Explains everything.

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