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Perec: Arhitectura din Literatura

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Georges Perec’s writings resonate from his inquisitiveness, experimentalism and self-imposed constraints and had an impact on the evolution of language and other fields which seek inspiration and unicity. Architecture, where all domains can find a congruence, has already embraced and is in continuous absorption of Perecquian ideas. A building, exhibition, art piece needs to take birth from an idea and to be supported by a story. The novels “A Void”, “Species of Spaces” and “Life A User’s Manual” comprehend the complexity of Perec’s endeavours to experiment with the text as nobody has ever done. His visionary mission was not applauded in his lifetime, but once the novels were translated in English and their popularity grew, architects and designers can realise, in a material, physical form, the Perecquian ideas. The lipogramatic form of “A Void” can be adapted to the architectural language to create buildings, monuments, designs related to the presence of absence, loss, identity and wounds, concreting the abstract into the material. “Species of Spaces” “scolds” people for the way they see the banal, trying to persuade in a ludic tone to actually see a space and not pass by blindly. Thus, Perec’s theory about infra-ordinary is meant to influence the perception and usage of space in a revolutionary, yet banal manner. Finally, in “Life A User’s Manual”, in which architecture and literature juxtapose, the connection between the fields of architecture and literature is realised through structure, scope and theme, determined by imposed constraints. Perec’s constraints give birth to fictive and non-fictive pieces in which his imagination strolls along the pages to see the infra-ordinary. The novels are a source of inspiration of how architecture can be re-invented by imposing constraints which give structure and regularity. If we are open to new concepts, then a visionary’s ideas can be assimilated and implemented into the design, resulting in complex accomplishments.