Inclination Towards Tree Canopy: Architecture Origin, Space Demarcator, Dwelling and Art

Conference: The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (KAMC2022)
Title: Inclination Towards Tree Canopy: Architecture Origin, Space Demarcator, Dwelling and Art
Stream: Architecture, Geography and Urban Studies
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Ana Masnikosa, University of Belgrade, Serbia


Architecture allows us to position ourselves culturally. The moment when the tree canopy is translated into architecture is the moment of its positioning in the landscape and the emergence of the idea of building. In the conflict between architecture and landscape, the canopy is the element that connects the exterior and interior architecture. It pulsates with the weather, materials and manifests the space to which we give meaning. At a time when human dwelling was still indeterminate, it could have been anything, at the same time a house, a city, and a forest. The main goal of the paper is to point out the connection between the tree canopy and architecture, that is, to re-examine the space of the canopy to which we constantly return, thus building a place. The canopy, as an emerging element of the urban landscape, can be observed from several positions, which reflects its stratification and ambiguity. This study deals with the examination of its spatial phenomenon from various angles: the origin of architecture, dwelling, space demarcator, artistic instrument (tool) and architectural boundary. The mentioned relations are connected into one whole by the architectural atmosphere and experience. The first part of the paper presents the definitions of terms. This aims to place them precisely in the previously mentioned relations. The resulting interrelationships are observed through the phenomenological concept of architecture-landscape-atmosphere. In this concept, the inclination towards the canopy represents the human need to constantly return to it through different media, interpreting it in different ways.

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