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“Phase Dance” Residence

A Rhythmic Language

Takeshi Hirobe Architects

Over the last few decades, spurred on by growing ecological awareness around the world, trees have taken on a new totemic function. For as long as humankind can remember, large, solitary trees and dense forests have populated myth and religion, not just for their power and permanence, but because they represent natural cycles in a simple and complete way. 
Now that secularized, contemporary western society has realized we have to impose limits on growth driven solely by economic interest, these huge plant structures have emerged as living cathedrals for a movement that aspires - as American professor and biologist Barry Commoner once said - to squaring the circle, to returning humanity’s evolutionary discourse to the high road, avoiding the wrong turn that the market economy has sent us down. 
This new principle has become evident in recent decades in...

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