West and East

  • Alexander Rappaport Union of Moscow Architects; Union of Designers of Russia (Latvia)


The topic “West-East” has a clear cultural and historical meaning. Orthodox temples face East. The way from West to East and from East to West is tens of thousands of kilometers long and has a special meaning. It differs from the way from North to South: the horizontal axes connect regions, while the vertical axis (Earth-Sky) connects
the worlds. The expansion of Eurasian tribes occurred along the East-West axis – the world horizontal way. Today the cultural memory of people in the East and West finds itself in the theatre of new dramas of existence and new forces. With the advances in electronic technologies, the world movements seem to have sunk in the depth of the chthonian past to come up anew to the surface of fantastic speeds and momentary connections. A new type of planetary landscape-space relation appears, giving no place for West and East.
How to Cite
RAPPAPORT, Alexander. West and East. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 54, p. 44-45, dec. 2017. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <http://www.projectbaikal.com/index.php/pb/article/view/1248>. Date accessed: 30 may 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/projectbaikal.54.1248.


West; East; orientation of temples; way; place; memory; architecture