John Pawson St Moritz Church Augsberg
To provide places of refuge in art, within walking distance as a sustainability strategy & so the very young and old have access.24 hour open access open art & craft studios with painting as the featured modality. Full time artist(s) on staff for consultation only at specified times.Rotating live in staff for consultation and information purposes. As a community venue, upkeep is contributed by participants. Every one cleans their own messes.Small theatre on premises for plays, lectures, poetry readings. Full time artist/event directors on staff to create social performance based programs.Kitchen and garden on premises. Most foods available are grown in the gardens, which has purposes of focusing on sustainable eating and food preparation. Full time organic gardener and kitchen receptionist on staff.Space allotted for neighborhood re-use and exchange.Space allotted for crafts for use in the community and trade with other communities.Space allotted for clean and sustainable energy systems and their storage.Why This Is a Good ThingTo establish the sanctity of life as our highest value. To continue with profit as our most important value, with the sanctification of violence to keep this value primary, is to commit atrocities and risk our survival as humans.To heal the fears, anxieties, & general numbness resulting from lifestyles that have become too busy for contemplative acts. Art is a bridge contemplative act between the yogis and the layperson. It is through these processes being more widely available to all that we may begin healing as a society. Any who believe this healing is not needed can stop reading.Space & freedom, necessary components of good living, as with everything else of any value in a commodity culture is not accessible by the majority. Fear has taken these elements of living well from our children. Since the open spaces to play and explore have become rare, we propose creating new spaces for these explorations through the portals of art & local community.Where are these spaces?These spaces may be begun in private homes as neighborhood salons, gardens etc.They may also replace the ubiquitous places selling poisonous foods, some originating in concentration camps for animals. We ere if we think eating in this way does not damage us spiritually and it has been proven to hurt our physical health. In addition, it pollutes the earth and is not sustainable.The larger box stores selling cheap junk made by slaves in China may be retrofitted. We cannot support this without doing harm to ourselves. It is not sustainable on the physical plain either. These stores may serve as garden and design labs also facilitating community creativity in dealing with the logistics of daily living in sustainable ways that serve the community or communities they inhabit.
each quarter mile in suburban and more in urban communities may have a larger community building either retrofitted from apartment building or built utilizing biomimicry processes where the young and others without access to space to do so may practice art.