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WHAT IS LIVING – ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE

One might observe an illustration or an actual example of an “odd shaped” building at a Waldorf School or at some other such institution associated with Anthroposophy (The Study of Humanity) and the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner. The Second Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, the design of which was developed by several architects according to the indications of Dr Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the worldwide Anthroposophical movement, is almost certainly the most widely known (and archetypical) example of living-organic architecture. In order to appreciate the true nature of living-organic architecture, one must as a starting point embrace, or at least be open to, the existence of non-material or spiritual realms, as living-organic architecture is conceived of as an expression of forces at work that are non-material and not physically measurable. Fortunately, if one closely observes nature and life on earth with an open mind for the least while one is soon led in this direction. Living-organic architecture, then, whilst respecting the pragmatic basis of all good architectural design, is achieved when the designer “gets out of the way” and allows the forces that are at work in the design of the natural world to guide the hand in bringing to expression the outer forms of the building or the buildings that are being created. The basis of this process is a state of mind of being in service to those realms that we recognise as being of a higher order than ourselves. One is tempted to compare. In doing so, our limited thinking initially operates in terms of comparing the outward forms of living-organic architecture with the known more rectilinear outward forms of “conventional” architecture, calling the former, perhaps, more “sculptural”. However, the forces that we invite into the formative process when creating living-organic architecture are of a realm without time or space, and Rudolf Steiner indicated to us that forces of movement work behind the formative forces that are themselves at work in shaping this architecture. “ ‘We enter with reverence into the spirit in order that we may become one with the spirit that is poured out in forms around us, and these forms move because the Spirits of Movement stand behind the Spirits of Form.’ So speaks the idea of the new architecture!” – Rudolf Steiner, “Ways to a New Style in Architecture” Lecture 3, Dornach, 28 June 1914. All architecture is, of necessity (and due … Continue reading

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE

Die Einleitung unsesres Vademecums in einer kurzen Skizze fur van Leer niedergeschrieben. Rudolf Steiner 1923.
Translation from Rundbrief Nr1, Medical section, Goetheanum, Switzerland by H.M. Hogerzeil

‘ What are the intentions of our new medical method?
The new medical method made public here distinguishes itself from the old one through a different knowledge of man. The old method based on the natural scientific conceptions of the modern age wishes to gain knowledge of man by analyzing the physical organization and reconstructing it intellectually. Continue reading

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CREDO. THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE All

written by Rudolf Steiner approx 1888, translated from the German by Robert Sturmheit. The world of ideas is the primary source and the principle of existence. In it is infinite harmony and blissful peace. Existence not enlightened by it, would be dead and lifeless, and would play no part in the totality of the world. Only that, which recognizes its existence as having originated from the idea, means something, as far as the universal tree of creation is concerned. The idea is the spirit, which in itself is clear and lucid and independently satisfied with itself. The individual must have the spirit within himself, otherwise he will drop like a dry leaf from said tree, and he would have existed for no good reason, and without purpose. The human being but feels and recognizes himself as an individual only once he has awakened to full consciousness. In this process, he has implanted the longing for the idea. This longing drives him to overcome his selfishness, and to let the spirit be revived within him, and to be in conformity with it.

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