The Otherness of Time
The architectural proposition of this project reflects on qualities of temporal otherness or temporal dislocation. In other words, expressions of temporal disconnection in moments where the past leaks into the present or when the present intrudes on the future: the uncanny, nostalgia, memory, regret, speculation and so on. T.S. Eliot’s 'Burnt Norton', a modernist poem in which intimate memories of life expose the realities of time, is the lens through which such temporal qualities are explored.
This thesis seeks to portray the concepts within 'Burnt Norton' as architectural representations of overlap. Ideas such as the uncanny and nostalgia become modes of thinking to interrogate 'Burnt Norton' throughout the shifting locales of the poem. In this way, the present acts as a platform for which the patina of time can be observed as it unfolds in both directions.