In these uncertain times, we would like to share with you what is inspiring us as we #stayathome.
1. BOOK: Les Pierres Sauvages (1964) by Fernand Pouillon
Chosen by: Lisa Naudin, NESS Editor & Architect
“My grandmother gave me this book for Christmas. It is a great classic for architects but also a literary masterpiece that links this discipline with art and history. This book weaves unsuspected links between time and beliefs but leaves us sure of one thing: architecture, between matter, light, silence, and uses, has this timeless capacity to move us.”
This chronicle of the birth of a masterpiece, based both on original historical research and on the extensive experience in the building trade by the French architect Fernand Pouillon (1912-1986), is a passionate reflection on the relationship between the beautiful and the necessary, the human order and the natural order. Day after day, a monk is wrestling with the weakness of men and the inertia of things, harassed by contrary elements, and even more, by his own contradictions. It is also a lyrical meditation on the idea of order, in all things are brought together under the name of architecture.
2. FILM: Tampopo (1985) directed by Juzo Itami
Chosen by: Renee Carmichael, NESS Web Editor & Researcher
“Every time I eat Ramen, I think of this film. What could go wrong in a comedic look at how to make the best Ramen? It’s definitely worth re-watching! But it comes with a warning: it could induce a craving, which, as we wait it out at home, might take a while to satisfy.”
The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.
3. MUSIC: Black Messiah (2014) by D’Angelo and The Vanguard
Chosen by: Nacho Espert, NESS Graphic Designer
“You can’t stop whistling song number 10, ‘The door.'”
Genre: Soul / Hip-hop / Funk
Label: RCA / Sony
4. BOOK: The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture (2018) by Emanuele Coccia
Chosen by: Isabella Moretti, NESS Editor
“Confined to our homes, plants encourage us to rethink what being-in-the-world is.”
We barely talk about them and seldom know their names. Philosophy has always overlooked them; even biology considers them as mere decoration on the tree of life. And yet plants give life to the Earth: they produce the atmosphere that surrounds us, they are the origin of the oxygen that animates us. Plants embody the most direct, elementary connection that life can establish with the world.
In this highly original book, Emanuele Coccia argues that, as the very creator of atmosphere, plants occupy the fundamental position from which we should analyze all elements of life. From this standpoint, we can no longer perceive the world as a simple collection of objects or as a universal space containing all things, but as the site of a veritable metaphysical mixture. Since our atmosphere is rendered possible through plants alone, life only perpetuates itself through the very circle of consumption undertaken by plants. In other words, life exists only insofar as it consumes other life, removing any moral or ethical considerations from the equation. In contrast to trends of thought that discuss nature and the cosmos in general terms, Coccia’s account brings the infinitely small together with the infinitely big, offering a radical redefinition of the place of humanity within the realm of life.
5. MUSIC: Swimmer (2020) by Tennis
Chosen by: Santiago Bogani, NESS Editor
Perfect for a cheerful morning when the sunlight hits the room just right.
Tennis is an indie-pop band from Colorado formed by husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. This new release is their fifth album.