Structure of Gravity | © Image Credit: Maria Lorena Lehman | MLL Design Lab, LLC
The above close-up section of a recent environmental drawing I created explores what I call the structure of gravity. This paradoxical term speaks to the bridging of architecture between the earth and sky – as built form rises upward as if to collaborate with the science of gravity through the structure of design expression. This piece invites one to consider the behavioral language by which a built environment makes this journey upward from ground to sky (and downward from sky to ground). Is a built form to be a series of repeating modular parts that step upward? Or is built form to be an organic growth of cooperating and collaborating parts that evolve from one to the next as it flows upward? The depicted drawing above evokes the following question: How does architectural design language express the science of the world which it inhabits? This drawing close-up section evokes you to shift your paradigm to see more deeply into the architectural language of the environments which surround you – whether you design such environments or experience them. You will see differently, with a more poetic understanding of such sensory constructs.
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