VOID > We can barely find any definition that tries to describe architecture without dealing with the very concept of space. Yet, I believe there is no such a thing as space. Rather, space exists solely in our perception. We understand it by our very own means. Therefore, we must not attempt to search for words to define space; instead we must search for a way to feel it through different spatial experiments. Then, through this process we gain an awareness of space.   It is the non-existence of space that elaborates our very perception of its existence and makes us aware of the surprising diversity of space. It is the concept of non-being instead of being, which creates a more dominant and powerful sense of being than being itself. This is how we perceive the music through the silence, we appreciate our beloved presence during their absent, and we understand space through voids, the emptiness.   Yet, emptiness does not mean nothingness or characterless, considerably, it is capable to represent indefinite conditions, a setting that is ready to be filled with proper content in a potential future. Here comes the imagination, the inventiveness of a creative mind. A mind that does not perceive an empty space uninspiring or insignificant but recognizes it as an in-between state, a waiting condition. An empty setting or a well thought void possesses a chance to become a mise-en-scene by virtue of its receptive character.   It is very difficult to sustain the purity, the virginity, and the innocence of emptiness, because easily, it is capable of being contaminated. The beauty comes from the constant temptation of invading the untouched territory. I believe that is why architecture is all about; how to treat the emptiness. It is to construct a perception, it is to create a void, to respect the space not to fill it up.   _rzlbd. VOID, rzlbdPOST, Vol.02, Issue 02 (2010)

rzlbd is a boutique architectural practice based in toronto founded by architect Reza Aliabadi (OAA, MRAIC, ICEO); whose work extends to designing buildings & objects, curating instalations & expositions, and publishing a zine called rzlbdPOST. the practice is not just an ordinary operation that serves, rather like a positive virus, it contributes, communicates, challenges, and adapts itself to the need of project and its context.


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