Oikos

/oikôs/

Authors

Hamshya Rajkumar

Languages

Ancient Greek
Ecology, in its Ancient Greek etymology, consists of 'Oikos' and 'logos'. 'Oikos' means 'the world'.

Further Reading

Dark Ecology: For A Logic of Future Coexistence by Timothy Morton [book, 2016]

Architecture without Nature by Timothy Norton [paper]

Text

“A mirror’s a house for reflections…

A throat is a house for a hum…

A book is a house for a story.

A rose is a house for a smell.

My head is a house for a secret,

A secret I never will tell.

A flower’s at home in a garden.

A donkey’s at home in a stall.

Each creature that’s known has a house of its own

And the earth is a house for us all.

 

Again, that’s what the eco in ecology originally means:

oikos, home. The last two lines of A House is a House for Me

makes this very clear.”

 

(A poem from Timothy Morton’s paper, “Architecture without Nature”)

 

Media

Sighthill stone circle, Image: Hamshya Rajkumar

Sighthill stone circle, Image: Hamshya Rajkumar

Questions & Provocations

How do architects design for the world when urbanisation could be a threat to biodiversity?
Hamshya Rajkumar