On the way to the ápeiron1 one has lost its way without noticing. After kósmoi2 have been neutralized by the striations of a metric territory, cut across by a familiar infrastructure, the ethos3 becomes oîkos4. A creative destruction.
“The destruction, however, is not entire—the framework survives almost intact, but without ornaments; you could almost describe this as the bones ofa body without the flesh.”5
            Lying on a hilltop and surrounded by gardens, the distance between the city and the freestanding object is in itself, symbolic of power. The Imperial Palace materializes power through the groundedness of its walls. Criticality is a key to reframe it.

            Archeology, ancient Egypt, Greco-Roman cultures, pre-colombian cultures. The ones hand-picked to be preserved in the palace. A fabricated history of winners. Should it be erased? The choice was to do so: 20 million artifacts lost to the flames. In the bunch, the oldest human fossil found in South America. One of the 20 million.
          Superproduction, super consumption and supercarbon. The hero flies, guiding us somewhere distant. As a prelude to the spectacle of fires, a generic is seen falling off the cliff. Who will save it? Oîkosman, the master of destructive creation, was put available to be called. He asks for a deal above the market.
        After the declaration of Independence of Brazil in 1822, the Palace of Saint Christopher became the residence of Emperor Pedro I and the seat of the Brazilian Empire. Its architecture is tied to the symbolic display of centralized power and hierarchy. It remained the official imperial residence under D. Pedro II.
        In 1891, the building was used by Brazilian politicians writing the first Republican Constitution of the country. The building was converted into a National Museum after this event, with one of the largest collections of the Americas of  natural history and anthropology. The collection encompassed pieces of archeology, ancient Egypt, Greco-Roman cultures, pre-colombian cultures, among others. In 2018, an estimated 20 million artifacts were lost to the flames, including the oldest human fossils ever found in South America.

[1] infinite
[2] cosmos
[3] the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations.
[4] refers to three related but distinct concepts: the family, the family’s property and the house.
[5] letter to Pope Leo X by Raphael and Baldassare Castiglione, c. 1519.