An architectonic element is often interpreted as an absolute in a universe of dualities, or even multiplicities. “Either-or” is chosen instead of “both-and”. For example, a space can be considered as an outside or inside space, but never both. For Robert Venturi, “An architecture which includes varying levels of meaning breeds ambiguity and tension.” (Venturi, Robert 1966, p.23) In consequence, space can have various interpretations, which change depending on the observer. “At one moment one meaning can be perceived as dominant; at another moment a different meaning seems paramount.” (Venturi, Robert 1966, p.32)
Even though Gradient is an inherent concept on architecture, it possesses an importance that is not considered constantly: Its application often involves gratuitous sets of absolute opposites that do not interact nor complement each other. Dualities in design; inside, outside; private, public; object, space; Are treated as incorruptible truths that cancel each other out. This creates buildings that have a mutilated content and a lack of mutual potentiation of the parts that make the whole. The value of a unified whole is far greater than the value of its parts by themselves.
The Architecture Biennale is an important time to think about the depth of what we design: New ideas that are key for us to define the future of the creative process are brought to our attention in a time where the fusion between human life and its experience through space is imminent. Today, a “millenial” generation demands for unique qualities of space that are only produced with a new approach on architecture.