Mono no aware (物の哀れ?), literally "the pathos of things", and also translated as "an empathy toward things", or "a sensitivity to ephemera", is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常, mujō?), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life. Origins The term was coined in the 18th century by the Edo period Japanese cultural scholar Motoori Norinaga and was originally a concept used in his literary criticism of The Tale of Genji, later applied to other seminal Japanese works including the Man'yōshū. Etymology The phrase is derived from the Japanese word mono (物?) In contemporary culture In his book about courtly life in ancient Japan, The World of the Shining Prince, Ivan Morris compares mono no aware to Virgil's term lacrimae rerum, Latin for "tears of things". See also References External links
In Praise of ShadowsIn Praise of Shadows (陰翳礼讃 , In'ei Raisan?) is an essay on Japanese aesthetics by the Japanese author and novelist Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. It was translated into English by the academic students of Japanese literature Thomas Harper and Edward Seidensticker. Publication The essay was originally published in 1933 in Japanese. The translation contains a foreword by architect and educator Charles Moore and an afterword by one of the translators, Thomas J. Much shorter than the author's novels, this book is a small meditative work of 73 pages, of which 59 are the essay itself. Themes The essay consists of 16 sections that discuss traditional Japanese aesthetics in contrast with change. The text presents personal reflections on topics as diverse as architecture and its fittings, crafts, finishes, jade, food, cosmetics and mono no aware (the art of impermanence). Cultural notes Featured individuals Among the historic and contemporary individuals mentioned in the essay are:
LUMEN HAS GONE TO THE BIRDSIn case you didn’t see them when they came out this spring, Adam Frank‘s latest line of lumen lamps is not to be missed. We fell instantly in love with his first version — a silhouette of a tree — and the new trio of bird designs sent us head-over-heels. All you do is light the little oil lamp and a shadow flock of birds erupts onto your wall. Adam Frank just generously donated a Lumen Flock to our Inhabitat reader survey giveaway, so if you take the survey now, one member of this flock could be yours…Zen And The Shadow Art Of The Riddled TableWhen a table and the light that passes through its glass top and sculpted stands creates such "rippled" shadows as those from the Rippled Table, it cries out for its own special room, a meditation room. It would be a dark room, even during daylight, and whatever light there was would come from a single source, a skylight or spotlight. Just one person at a time would enter, sit on a straight-back chair, above the level of the Rippled Table, and explore the infinite intricacies of the shadows formed by the Rippled Table niches and its light. Was meditation what American architect Stephen Holl had in mind when he created the Rippled Table? Perhaps. He is especially known for blending and bending light with the details of his architectural design but his architectural works are also admired for their spiritual qualities. Look at the difference in effects, now that the Rippled Table is shown in full photographic lighting. And again, photographed at an angle... source: Horm via 3Rings.
24° Studio | architecture, interior, furniture, and product design | www.24d-studio.comCrater Lake Application Diagram Structural and Surface Plans Side and Front Elevations Part 2 Components Construction Matrix Kobe City in the BackgroundInside Lath House ShadowsOffice of the President: Excellence in DesignJames Dart of the architecture faculty was honored for his design "Barn + Lath House." James Dart A.I.A., special lecturer in architecture, recently received a American Institute of Architects' 2002 Honor Award for his "Barn + Lath House" at Historic Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia. The AIA Honor Awards, the profession's highest recognition of excellence in design, best exemplify excellence in architecture, interiors, and urban design. The jury described the project as "an ingenious addition to an historic barn that creates interest by contrasting the assembled nature of the new with the monolithic quality of the old." The barn had seen many additions and alterations over the years.