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The Hermit's HutArchitecture and Asceticism in India$
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Kazi K. Ashraf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835835

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835835.001.0001

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The End of Architecture

The End of Architecture

Chapter 7 The End of Architecture
The Hermit's Hut

Kazi K. Ashraf

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter offers a philosophical reflection on the “last hut” as an idea that signals the end of architecture, as well as the body as we know it, while also serving as an arrival at the edge of civilization. It considers how home, from a socialized, ritualized space, has been reconceptualized as a last hut, the ascetic body made homologous to a structure, and finally, the body-hut positioned for a cataclysmic transformation. It describes the image of the final hut as a powerful metaphor and didactic tool in articulating the subtleties of the nonconditioned, and a lasting ideogram for approximating the destination of nirvāna. It also discusses the last hut as a reflection of the contradictions and incongruities of asceticism. Finally, it highlights the distinction and complementarity between the fabulous “first house” and the last hut; the former is a discourse on origins, the latter is about beginnings.

Keywords:   architecture, civilization, home, last hut, ascetic body, nirvāna, asceticism, first house

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