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"Aldo van Eyck, the 'in-between'" Ioannis Grigoriadis

This is a research concerning the architectural work and theory of the dutch architect Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999), emphasizing in the “in-between realm”. Van Eyck is a characteristic example of a whole post-war generation of architects, who criticized the modern movement for an improper analysis of and therefore insufficient provision for man’s needs, as a person and as a community. This critique was based on a linguistic – anthropologic approach on architecture, heavily influenced by the theory of Structuralism. In search of the immutable and changing in the architecture of man, ancient primitive cultures, like the Dogon in Africa, were studied and analyzed. Van Eyck’ s conclusions from this research as well as from a short analysis of some examples of modern art, can be summarized around the two focal points of the “twin phenomena” and the “in-between”. According to him, the only way to make space “readable”, and therefore hospitable for man, is to manipulate the “twin phenomena” as such; to relate them to each other. The formulation of the meaning of space by the user himself, through a relative approach, is the necessary freedom degree that constitutes a space hospitable for man.


Key words:


In-between, Structuralism, Linguistics, Symbolism.