Architectural Theory

In regard to architectural theory, the movie presents a hitherto unknown type of architecture, 'semantic architecture', which might have been globally widespread in prehistory and agrarian history. Semantic architecture is not built as a shelter to protect the human body, it is not built for man to dwell in it. Its function is outside, a building which is purely semantic and symbolic. Throughout prehistory this type of architecture might have been the experimental field of 'homo sapiens architecturae'. Evidently a vanished ephemeral development of symbolic and semantic forms which architectural history has widely reported on in its evolved form (e. g. Ionian and Corinthian columns) without, however, understanding its perishable prototypes. The most striking document of such transmaterialisation processes is the Egyptian Temple. Its innermost sanctuary is a reed hut transmaterialised into stone. Its complementary access halls are crowded with monumental columns which clearly speak of their 'fibroconstructive' past, the so called Egyptian 'bundelpillars'. If for the moment we accept such cultural parallels, the movie shows something puzzling for the architectural 'theoretician: the real 'designers' and 'archi-tects' of prototypes of the Egyptian temple might have been farmers. For those who know Spiro Kostoff's book on the 'Egyptian architect' it might be rewarding to see this remarkable video document