Still as Life is of stillness and passage of time. It is a continuous composition, an accumulation of rituals. Still in its both meanings are important: still as a static, motionless state and still as in continuing to exist.
The stillness of buildings is activated through rituals. Rituals combine a set of activities with a specific setting and repeat at a certain beat. They are more than movement and more than the setting. Our definition of rituals don’t just include rare ceremonies but also include more mundane activities that require a specific sequence of movements of bodies and objects. Rituals make up the rhythm of the building: daily rituals are short term accumulated fragments and occasional rituals become larger time span marks in the life of a building. As rituals exist in different tempos, the coexistence of short term and long term rituals make up the Still as Life. Still as Life is made up of the different time-frames and their coexistence: rituals of holding onto a moment and proceed over long periods of time coexist with rituals that are quick and ephemeral.
Waste is a seeming end to many daily rituals; marker of termination, end of an activity, result of completing a task properly perhaps. Would you be eating a banana properly if you didn’t end up with peel in the end? [from Waste Is Information] Waste seems like an end only because of the preceding relationship our society has with waste. Many people do not spend a second thinking what happens to their garbage after they dump it down the chute. When something becomes a waste, it’s life doesn’t end, it enters a more “still” phase, continuing to be impacted by the passage of time. For us, the definition of Waste expands trash, we define waste as anything that is stored, held, in-waiting, or otherwise potent in its dormancy. Waste is a product of time and opportunity. It is not the end but rather a temporary phase in an everlasting cycle. Waste is dormant potential. It is a state of both stillness and motion. Buildings hold things of waste, as much as they refuse. Buildings hold objects, waiting to be used as a part of rituals of the occupants. The occupants living within them have the power of re-purposing, activating or discarding the still life of buildings by their rituals. Rituals of the occupants become the objective of the inanimate; narratives of the occupants compose things of waste and give them a meaning.
Our projects combine ideas of building life in terms of beats of rituals and a constant relationship with waste as dormant potential. A new proposal of sustaining life and rituals to the rhythms of an environment.