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This section contains a brief look at selected works - their philosophy, concepts and aspirations. They are considered ‘works in progress’ and are derived from a personal perception of the need for reconciliation in contemporary times.
In most cases, the act of reconciling involves the convergence and resolution of contrary elements or opposites. The outcome of their convergence is indeterminable and involves the transformation or transcendence of an element’s original context into that which includes its contrary. Independent investigation and non-discriminatory exposure to diverse elements (ideologies, cultures, race, religions etc) are therefore key to transcendence. They enable individuals and civilizations to constructively evolve (spiritually and physically) down the right path. Classification of science, culture, politics and society, even religion and design, are entities that are non-stagnant and reside in the cyclical phenomenon of creation, destruction and recreation (birth, death and rebirth).
Unfortunately, contemporary notion of reconciliation is defined as conformance to either one or another’s contrary element and is evident in the turmoil of our times. Many crave absoluteness, power, dominance - permanence; conditions that stifles transcendence and evolution. We try to cheat death...
As an architect, I am interested in exploring and creating spaces and environments that promote transcendence through reconciliation and the phenomenology of opposites. My professional and academic experience has guided me to the belief that a space’s potential to reconcile lies in the diversity and temporality of its environment - its ability to create, destroy and recreate itself.
Ken Lum '05