“… a skull in the monk’s cell … a reminder … result is serenity.”
— Le Corbusier and Amédée Ozenfant in La Peinture Moderne, 1925.
The Fossilic State: embedded, exhibiting or registering the traces of a thing once alive, some architectural materials (wood and stone) are fossilic, they show traces of their origin. Others (glass and steel) are not — they are by themselves and face of the earth itself is erased from the face of buildings by their virtue. Buildings in themselves will become fossilic in time, cities, for example, are already the fossilic of history by the Virtue of Architectural Types.