# Schriftatlas III, 8a

The ruin as liberation (of the material: from time into space, from function into form)? Or as limit (of an architecture’s aspiring to an elusive completion)?

The ruin as decrease, as a lightening, a hollowing out? Or as a deepening, a concentration or densification?

Memory as tumultuous ruin, or as shadow of thought, residue of vision? Memory as a damper on the friction of time.

Where there is but ruin, must we reinvent the foundation? Where there is nothing, are we doomed to conjure up its prehistory? (III, 8a)