Honoré de Balzac writes in his novel The Quest of the Absolute: “The events of human life, whether public or private, are so intimately linked to architecture that most observers can reconstruct nations or individuals in all the truth of their habits from the remains of their public monuments”.
Buildings have a specific dimension: they are real, tangible, they are “flesh and bones” —stone, reinforced concrete, bricks, and so on— and they stand fixed to the ground. In today’s wondrous world of virtual reality, of digital money and the “second” or “third life” one can have on the internet through the well-known interactive games, the tangibility of buildings constitutes a special, positive, almost alternative element in the attempt to understand reality. “The stones have voices and speak!”, wrote Dionysios Solomos, the poet of Greece’s national anthem.
In the book “ A trembling Earth” the writer uses structures and the built environment as a vechicle to comprehend global developments.
“ A trembling Earth” is a collection of essays. Characteristic parts of the book are included in the site.