What it means to ‘dwell in time’.

The heading is a quote of architect Juhani Pallasmaa. He says that it is not new, to engage with time as a flexible material of housing. It has, he says, in fact made housing itself placeless (p. 59).

„In recent architecture, design has prioritised an engagement with time through its creation of temporary and highly flexible structures. There has, however, been less focus on how the design of buildings might impact the experience of time of the people who inhabit them.“ (p. 51)

Pallasmaa asks, „can we again inhibit time“? (p. 59)

„It seems that we have lost our capacity to dwell in time. Being outside of time is an aspect of the new homelessness of the modern man. … We need visions of cultural and experiential rooting that make us again capable of grasping the epic story of culture and our humble role in the making of that great narrative.“ (p. 59)

This project – Neudorf – tries to answer these questions and seeks to create tools of placemaking that reengage our capacity to dwell in the presence.

Pallasmaa, Juhani. „Inhabiting Time.“ Architectural Design 86, no. 1 (2016): 50–59.