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Presented byDerrick

AdsiorEunice Seng

THINGING Pipes, Ducts & Cables

Constructing the presence of the conduits, in reaction to their pseudo-absence

The pipes ducts & cables are the Things of which resources, energy and signals are contained and brought to proximity and existence around men[2] within these objects. The ways that these things are designed set up our perception and consciousness pattern with the respective phenomenon they contain and channel.

Right now the conduits of our built world are commonly devalued as mere utilities; their forms and pattern are subjected only to efficiency and convenience. And due to their bizarre appearance resulted from untamed arrangement in comparison to other tectonic components, they are always concealed or left untreated, as if we all agree that they are "invisible". We tried to construct an absence out of the conduits. However in our dense urban context, what is resulted perceptually is actually quite the opposite.

We must admit that the scenes constructed by the conduits form quite provokative impression perceptually. Its pattern has the aesthetic of its own. However quoting Marshall McLuhan, it is only too typical that the "content" of any medium blinds us to the character of the medium.[3] Right now what is cognitional (the message) about the conduits has nothing to do with what it has done to human life (the content). Our mind is easily imprisoned in the nostalgic appreciation of the bizarre appearance of the conduits pattern. It hindrances us from penetrating deeper into the origin of what has or should be transcribed into the conduits. And if we indeed surf our mind deeper into the messiness, we found that the aesthetics or the perceptual qualities were transcriptions of nothing related to human will. It is a result of a complete autonomy of the conduits themselves, resulted from a pseudo-absence that we have granted them since modernist's rejection and escape from confronting the conduits.

This memory of an accepted pseudo-absence of the conduits has propagated quite thorougly among us. It severely diluted our consciousness in pioneering relationships between technology of habitation and architecture. This would impair the development of the twp, both singularly and mutually. Therefore we must look for a breed of architecture that acts argonistically to this decendent of pseudo-absence. This will be an architecture that construct the presence of the conduits; making sure that the content and the message shall cohere, and perceptually obvious of being an reacting force against its origin – the pseudo-absence.