Vast Vicinity or Dense Garden Carpets: Learning from Essential Settlings and Dwellings

By Hansjörg Göritz.

Published by The Arts Collection

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‘Sustainability’ is the word of our time. ‘Sprawl’ is a problem of our time [1]. Apparently, given its full extent, housing based on individualistic image still sells better than rare sense for design appropriately fit to context and task. Thus, the notion of ‘dwelling and settling’ has extreme negative impact on the relationships between urban, rural, garden and house. Accounting for populist aesthetics, value-price-confusion, and prevailing land politics, the trivial and contradictory questions of principle remain: ‘rural or urban?’ - ‘garden or house?’ This paper explains an architectural research on the symbiotic propositions of settling with ‘houses as gardens’. Working with the idea of ‘as-well-as’ instead of ‘either-or’ is a cardinal principle of this approach. The principle ‘from the part to the entirety’ is what defines these designs as ‘urban modules’, which have the potential to generate a truly coherent mosaic that constitutes a different settlement pattern that proposes an urban as well as rural future. It holds the promise of a way of settling and dwelling that is truly ‘enduring’.

Keywords: Sub-urban Sprawl, Rural, Settling, Housing, Contextualism, Urban Ecology, Urban Modules, Courtyard Houses, Open Plan, Urban-garden-houses

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.49-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.320MB).

Prof. Hansjörg Göritz

Associate Professor, College of Architecture + Design, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Hansjoerg Goeritz was born in Hannover in 1959 into a family of mastercraftsmen, and grew up in the vernacular context of Lower Saxony. His father made him entirely familiar with the building crafts. He studied architecture as an autodidact and later at the AA London. After several Grand Tour d'Orients he started his Hannover studio in 1986. Beginning with renovations and designs for private houses, his work turned out as an analysis of his own roots and early impressions. From intensive personal work with private clients, buildings of identity should result as reconnaissance surveys about the elementary of place, space, proportion, light and material that indicate both, a search for silent appropriateness as well as an intention for universal validity of a sublime convention. Contrary to any stylish shimmering mannerism his intention is the sensual beauty of pure precision. With increasing commissions and scales this moving notion leads him to develop concise topics and typologies: from the beautiful realism of the built environment of his childhood a transformation derives to a complex simplicity, of which clarity subsists of the sensuality of pure materials. HansjörgGöritzArchitekturstudio provides full masterplanning, architecture and design services for both public and private challenges. Established as a workshop for an open-ended exploration of spaces in perceptive qualities, beginning at precise typologies, the independence from trend and style provides for creation of unexpected spaces for any challenge and ideal. Design quality influences as well as expresses or lives quality, considering that decisive simplicity and complex perception are of unseparable unity, proving that the simple way is never the easy way. This selfcommitted attitude for highest demands in contextual environment, expression, structure, materialization and detailing is incorporated by significant contributions as sustainably and timelessly lasting projects without styling-wearout. One of his most noted buildings is the National Forum and Assembly in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He has lectured, published and exhibited widely, and received multiple prestigious national awards and recognitions. Besides practicing he has taught with dedication, both nationally as well as abroad. Since 2007 he is a faculty member at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design.

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