**VERS
UNE ARCHITECTURE** – The ‘Metabolist’^{1}
Vision

**Arata
Isozaki’s ^{2}
early work [late 1950’s] was self-creative as a ‘Metabolist’.
That oeuvre follows his well-expressed analysis of Architecture as it
concerns radicalism, Modernity and Japan-ness. My
work shows it follows the geometric basis of the Universal
organisation of Form – exactly as Einstein’s Relativity had, in 1905,
radically revised Classical conceptions of Space and Time,
co-incidental with that brief dawning of ‘Cultural Modernity’.**

My
life-work has its late-1950’s early-1960’s origins and *‘Metabolist’*
development almost coincidental in timing and intent with Arata’s –
aspiring to make an Architecture evolutionary in following Nature’s
organic directives and formations.

A
base-geometric impetus has ever found cultural form in brief radical
movements, exploring and applying
those same insights in an Universal Architectural Theory –
lastly in that most-revolutionary era of 20th-century ‘Modernity’^{3}.

Isozaki
addressed that issue of those *‘constructivist’* Base-Forms in
three short chapters of his analytical work **“Japan-ness in
Architecture” ^{4}**

**.**But, for key conceptual reasons

*(as I explain in this thesis)*neither he nor others could set-out a definitive and programmable conclusion of

*‘why?’*or

*‘how?’*such radicalisms then appear and operate. Yet

*that*is the pivotal concern on which comprehension of cultural existence turns – and this Blog defines.

Chapter
12 – “*The Modern Fate of Pure Geometric Form”*.

Chapter
13 – “*Ch**ǒ**gen’s
Constructivism”*.

Chapter
14 – “*The Five-Ring Pagoda in Historical Turmoil”*.

The nub
of the issue is in that *Japan-ness
of ‘Ma’ ^{5}*.
As from the
ancient-Indian [Vedic

^{6}] conception it is reflected in Einstein’s revelation of the inherently ongoing geometric integrations of

*‘Space-Time’*. His radical insights demonstrably demolished (at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945) the Western-Classical conceptions of a permanent materiality

*‘extant in a finite 3-D Volumetric Space infinite-lasting over 1-D Linear Time’*. That epochal-transforming cataclysm continually informed Isozaki’s ‘local-event’ viewpoint and life-experience, as it set in new-place our Cosmic-conditioned Era.

However,
for those same conceptual reasons the Unified-Field Structure of
‘*Relativistic’* *space-time *[*‘Ma’ space-time*] was
not defined by Einstein, nor Quantum analysts since.

Those
*Base Forms* are generally seen as the ‘Classical’
(*common-sense*) interpretations – inert background metrics
fixed-locating ‘real’ and ‘separated’ material events. There,
such conceptually falsified *‘Space’
*is Cartesian, a 3-D finite Formless Void,
falsified *‘Time’* that infinite extending 1-D Arrow of a
rectilinear-measured *‘History’*.

Even now in our advanced sciences, most do not appreciate the simple operative geometrics of Relativity, as Einstein alone formulated it [1905]. Minkowski’s classicism interpreted that [1908] to still confuse as ‘4-D’. Yet Einstein’s insights are well-proven as applied. Those are symbolised in Chǒgen’s modelled Universe – a Buddhist Stupa [Dagoba].

That
ever-ongoing integration of infinite-open planar-rectilinear [2-D]
Euclidean *‘Space’*
[C^{2}]
is with local-closed
spherical-surface [1-D – ‘G’] of non-Euclidean *‘Time’.*
So a *‘Ma’ space-time fusion*
is inherently a dynamic-geometric
∏
[Pi] conditioning – a
*dis-continuum*
operating via the
*energetic*
agency of *tetrahedral*
triangulation. Buckminster-Fuller thoroughly explored that
*energy-realm*
to arrive at the same tetra-point base [‘quantum *jitter-bug*‘]
conclusion: Ref: *‘Synergetics’ ^{7}*.

No other
base-formative configuration is possible. It works as those same
geometrics of Periodic-Time + Serial-Space appear, full-separated, in
the combined tables of Atomic Elements [*Mendeleeve’s
orbital-shelled engaging electrons + Moseley’s linear-series radiant
nucleons*]. Those predictively demonstrate geometric-limiting but
dynamic constructive existence in discrete Form and associated
discreet Function of every Element. That precise organised diversity
constructs Material Reality inherently extending and likewise
evolving from that absolute-minimum creative base – even as new
Elements are briefly lab-fabricated.

Architectonic
Forming is *‘Existence’ *as ever ongoing – Universal in
Evolutionary Nature’s every creation. However, in our
Human-considered interventions that only emerged in a
characteristically brief Neolithic Revolution, around 12-10,000 years
ago. Evidently a geometric-formal radicalism then first laid-out 2-D
based * ‘Space’* in the essential planar-rectilinear
geometric plan-framing’ of the first such

**House**

*[ref; Catylhuyuk*. With urban and rural planning and

^{8}]*wall-plane facades a Civilised conditioning architecture*was consequentially effective world-wide, up-to our present time of transformation. Japan’s native culturally conditioning dichotomy, Jomon v Yayoi

^{9}, intelligibly represents that essential duality of selectively applied base-form, as Isozaki experienced/explored. With its profound socio-logic implications in Time-Logic v Space Logic Western Modernity too then had its separate Organic-Archaic v Mineral Crystalline Modern Movements

*[e.g. Henry Moore’s v Constantin Brancusi’s sculptures].*

So a
*‘Ma’*
revelation of *‘Japan-ness’*
is as *relativistic-activated*
*‘space-time’*
– just as Isozaki embraced it. That formula indicates how and why
those *‘Purist’ ^{10}*
geometrics must ever recur in times of radical transformation –
whether natural or human agency induced.

*[Note: All this I have set-out in constructive projects, academic presentations and recent generalised Blog posts*].

https://space-cell.com/2018/03/28/space-cell-systems/

https://wordpress.com/view/space-cell.com

I hope
consideration of this too-brief analysis might help others and give
Isozaki [even now as Pritzker prizewinner] his overdue regard as
Architect tackling the *formative* issue of creative existence.
Science has yet to coherently define any base-formulae for that,
*(**although a DNA Helix gives its geometry**)*.
We already operate in its new-formed Epoch; but as Ancient and Modern
Architecture has repeatedly so-instructed us *that*
is the key-issue of radical times. Even Philosophical
Wittgenstein so addressed it [1926] in his Loos-inspired Vienna
House^{11}
– designing/demonstrating *“What can be Said”* [Time
Logic] v *“What can be Shown”* [Space-Logic].

Ancient
Egypt’s Imhotep^{12}
had formulated a resilient multi-millennia Civilised operative
System, ‘Pyramidally’ based on such a *‘Ma-operative’*
cosmological precept. As Isozaki noted, a reactionary imposition is
ever commonly-evidenced to radical movements – so *‘Post-Modernism’*
has already run its brief (social-destructive) course.

Le
Corbusier geometrically projected *“Vers
Une Architecture” ^{13}*
1925 as the point of
20th-century’s radicalism was set to secure Humanity in a new Earth
Epoch – then already one transformed industrially above any in our
known-active History. But even he could not have imagined the
21st-Century’s technological transformations soon to arrive – as
Araka’s

*‘Metabolist’*impulses promised. Isozaki and his ‘Metabolist’

^{14}associates projected this

*re-constructive*viewpoint, as one he

*Constructively*helped make available for future millennia development.

However,
the *‘New Architecture’*
is yet to be intelligibly defined as it must follow Nature’s
directives.

So following the geometric base-precepts of this analysis is critical to furthering that essential constructive resolution of Humanity’s new-set Cosmic Progress.

THE CELLULAR STUCTURE OF SPACE-TIME LOGIC – © John McClellan 2019

1‘Metabolism’ https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-metabolism-in-architecture-177292

2https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arata_Isozaki

3https://www.patrikschumacher.com/Texts/The%20Progress%20of%20Geometry%20as%20Design%20Resource.html

4https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/japan-ness-architecture

5‘Ma’ https://kyotojournal.org/culture-arts/ma-place-space-void/

6Vedas – https://cds.cern.ch/record/381232/files/9903010.pdf

7https://www.bfi.org/about-fuller/big-ideas/synergetics

8http://www.localhistories.org/catalhuyuk.html

9Jomon – Yayoi https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-31481-5_11

10Purist Paris – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purism

11Wittgenstein https://www.ft.com/content/9db1fbc4-1bc2-11e3-94a3-00144feab7de

12https://www.britannica.com/biography/Imhotep

13Le Corbusier 1925 https://monoskop.org/images/b/bf/Corbusier_Le_Towards_a_New_Architecture_no_OCR.pdf

14Project Japan – https://oma.eu/publications/project-japan-metabolism-talks