A fos­sil grows within us even as we breath and it will be found amongst our ashes. The ma­te­r­ial of ar­chi­tec­tural types is ex­actly that — a residue form­ing in­side the liv­ing — im­mune to bod­ily states, im­mune to the bod­ily states of mind even, like rock form­ing or fold­ing or that which ex­hibits the pre­cise re­la­tion of ar­chi­tec­tural types to the city.
— See On Typology/Mapping Heterologies

… 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.

X-Ray showing <a href="#ivp-ref" aria-describedby="footnote-label">IVP Duplication</a>
X-Ray show­ing IVP Duplication: One of a se­ries of IVP films at 15 min­utes af­ter in­jec­tion of con­trast medium showed in­com­plete du­pli­ca­tion of left col­lect­ing sys­tem. Source: Wikimedia Commons, https://​com­­me­​wiki/​File:IVP_Du­pli­ca­tion.jpg


  1. Duplicated ureter or Duplex Collecting System is a con­gen­i­tal con­di­tion in which the ureteric bud, the em­bry­olog­i­cal ori­gin of the ureter, splits (or arises twice), re­sult­ing in two ureters drain­ing a sin­gle kid­ney. It is the most com­mon re­nal ab­nor­mal­ity, oc­cur­ring in ap­prox­i­mately 1% of the pop­u­la­tion. The ad­di­tional ureter may re­sult in a urete­ro­cele, or an ec­topic ureter.