Nature is presented to us like a huge and continuous outer space, the place inhabited by primitive man. Dwelling the cave or tree, it means only the temporary appropriation of a previous infrastructure that exist apart from any function, scale or representation of the human being. As man builds his own structure, the origin of architecture as artifice, begins also a story of transitions between the living space and the outside: “The architecture should be conceived as a set of clearly defined intermediate places. The interspace provides the common ground where conflicting polarities can be twin phenomena”
Aldo van Eyck, Architectural Design 12, Vol. XXXII, 1962 December.
In this sense, transitions result an interesting topic for their great capacity for synthesis between antagonistic categories: natural-artificial / indoor-outdoor / free-programmed / walk-wander / property-dominion / housing-producing ...
Some transitions categories and study cases:
-Porosity: “Tokio housing”, Hiroshi Kuno, 2006.
-Connected interspaces: “casa Guzmán”, Alejandro de la Sota, 1972.
-Telescopic Nesting: “House N”, Oita, Sou Fujimoto, 2008.
-Nettings: “Santander Dwellings”, Alejandro de la Sota, 1967.
-Extreme natures: drawings by Junya Ishigami, 2008.
-Freaks & Mutations: City in Sky, Mu Wei; Sam Cho; Yu Hui, Wuhan (China), 2013.