KKAA Newsletter #19 (February 28, 2021) See in English 日本語で観る

March 1, 2021 #19


I always write manuscripts by hand, with a ballpoint pen, this text included, and hand it over to KKAA’s press manager Inaba-san to transcribe.I’ve never thought seriously about why I continue writing in longhand, but while writing a theoretical book titled “Point and Line to Plane”, due to be published by Iwanami Shoten, I began to think why I stick to writing by hand.

In short, I like the situation where small things (ie, points, lines) are scattered around causing noise and disorder, and I feel calm and comfortable in it. On the contrary, I feel sick when I’m faced with a hard and immovable object like concrete. And realization of points and lines is my theme in architecture, too.

I know that the text on the PC is editable and “open” enough technically, but it’s difficult for me to sense that physically and I find the look of neatly lined letters in the same font quite suffocating. In my “Point and Line to Plane”, I’m referring to Wassily Kandinsky’s theory on printing and Mario Carpo’s essay on digital design, in an attempt to logically unravel this comfort of a ‘noisy’ and ‘dispersed-thing’ environments.


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