Daedalus’s Labyrinth
    Peter Edward Atwood

    The contemporary Architectural Historian and Professor Alberto Pérez-Gómez describes the labyrinth as “a metaphor of human existence: ever changing, full of surprise, uncertainty, conveying the impressing of disorder, a gap between the only two certain points that it possesses, birth (entrance) and death (its center).”

    When Daedalus as an architect reveals the labyrinth it is not seen as disorder but as order. The epistemological thoughts of ancient times where truth and meaning were the same as magic and divinity and both hinged on the relationship between disorder and order, were embodied in the labyrinth.

    The idea of simple geometry becoming more complex is not a contemporary idea or even just an architectural one. I think that Daedalus’s labyrinth should defamiliarize for us our impression that architectural ideas are always new and that they only relate to architecture rather then a world view.



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