Alma, Cuerpo, & Espíritu is an urban planning and landscaping project that links the Kennedy Park in San Pedro de Montes de Oca with the Los Yoses´ Boulevard through a floating park for pedestrians. In this way the phenomenon of La Fuente de la Hispanidad, its architectural-cultural heritage and potential as a civic center is studied in depth; and problems related to public space and its privatization are solved: the lack of dialogue between the pedestrian and the city, and the priority that vehicles have in the area. The architectural project is a biological corridor for the recreation of a convulsed society and for the celebration of a patriotic and poetic identity. Soul, Body, & Spirit is a parallelism with structure, form, and function; understanding that both the human being and architecture are closely linked and that since ancient times every civilization has made manifest its ideologies and philosophical principles in the construction of its habitats and its cities.
The vision and interpretation of architecture has been related to light since ancient times. Light in space is what defines it; giving it the notion of time and in some way, making it real through perception. The study of architecture is a broad study that covers perceptual philosophical topics: Space, time and matter. From the scientific and technical perspective, to the artistic and poetic.
The contemporary obscurantism that stalks our civilization through virtual reality has immersed us in a mental slavery state. Bad consumption habits, cars, cell phones, social media, everything for our dehumanization. The human being has lost sight of its tripartite essence, and therefore goes astray in the superficiality of everything around, digressing in junk information, bad habits, new diseases and all kind of problems that contemporary culture suffers due its lack of true spirituality and awakening to the real pura vida that we can still get to have.
It is necessary for people to turn their eyes, their whole being, to Light.
Light, undulating and linearly flashing, is the essential material of life and is therefore a symbol itself. Both movements of light, according to contemporary quantum mechanics, give meaning to space and the material study of objects in time. Light is a poem of life that affects every corner known by man. Thus, any absence of it makes the gloom, the darkness, the shadow. These concepts are also part of architecture as partners of a polar world. The world of shadows, studied by analytic psychology, is a universe hidden in the unconscious. Darkness in the world is as necessary as the light that causes it. This play of light and shadow has affected and will continue to affect architecture in the play of volumes that throughout history has made refuge, rite, and power, through the symbol (the architectural object and its components). This is because architecture, loaded with countless symbolisms, is a source for all of them to many cultures and traditions, linked by associative libraries, by analog abstractions, to real life and our perception of it. The door, the window, the path, the dome, the vault, the garden, etc. All these architectural elements constitute with the imaginary, poetic representations of the oniric and the spiritual in the deep psyche of man.
The semantic study of architecture to decipher and design with it our habitat, urban facilities, metaphysical landscapes and all series of architectural assemblies, are one of the topics to be deeply developed for the construction of a critical thinking with this thesis project.
It is for this reason that abstractions related to root concepts will be constantly mentioned in order to achieve analogies with shape, structure and function: soul, body and spirit.