Hi Santosh! The text was quite rich, and complex for me
to follow, so annotating it with references. Just so that I can visualise it
I was thinking, again, after a long time, about the Early Christian churches
in the mid-east and how the plan was extruded from Roman civic buildings. Is
this what you mean by Ontological Events?
On synchronic and diachronic structure.
When we look at the genealogy of plans (cross shaped)
of renaissance churches, it proceeds through a
theo-centric model to an anthropo-centric model. Each
newly formed plan is an upgraded version of its
previously discarded plan. These new possibilities for
upgradation may be because of technological/
programmatical mutations. In the diachronic reading of
plans, there may be possibility of spillage of some
progeny plans in the social matrix.
At about the beginning of the fourth century, AD, Christianity finally
overcame the former pagan religions in Egypt. Therefore, from that time
onward, we see a sustained architectural effort aimed at the building of
Christian churches. During the Christian period, these churches represent
the only type of edifice to be constructed in monumental proportions.
When Constantine became the patron of Christianity, he wanted to construct
churches. Note how this motivation is like earlier Roman Emperors who also
gave physical testament to their power and piety by constructing temples.
The Christian architect's looked to the Roman buildings of the
time to find a suitable building for their needs. The idea of using the
plans of Roman places of worship such as the temple was unacceptable on
principle alone. For this reason they choose another type of Roman
structure to satisfy their needs-the basilica. Rodley characterizes the
basilica as a "neutral form" (Rodley 20). It's function in the Roman world
was that of an open meeting hall for the Romans,
This may trigger
some more social events. Here our attempt would be to
read the sequential development of the present urbane
plan which houses various social events and will
modify in itself to house newly formed social/
political/ institutional/ ontological.. events.
now where is Nold Egenter when we need him?