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In the autopoiesis of architecture, Patrik Schumacher introduces a new unifying theory of architecture. Peter Buchanan decodes, dissects and. In his lecture at Sci-Arc, Patrik Schumacher highlighted the ideas from his multi volume critical text “the Autopoiesis of Architecture”. Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., London What is the aim of “The Autopoiesis of Architecture”? The aim is a.

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Can we demonstrate, control, and predict this? You also characterized Newton as a systematizer. Some of the strong alignments with the context go right through the building. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Their inherent inertia implies that they values progress via revolution rather than evolution.

Schumacher uses MAXXI to reveal that there is a certain credibility in realizing projects that follow the principles of which he refers to. And that makes sense within contemporary society.

You always have to abstract to theorize.

The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Volume I: A New Framework for Architecture

The intensification of relations in arvhitecture reflects the intensification of communication among all of us, everyday and with everything. I just want to pick up a few of your points. Describing MAXXI as a proto-parametricist project, Schumacher praises the proliferation of lines, bundling, converging, and departing from one another, creating a field of space. The justification for such bold ambitions is offered by Schumacher in brief. All this made sense at this particular historical moment.

You argue that differentiation is a truer indication of the same prospect. Years ago a well known religious thinker, an Anglican named Malcolm Muggeridge, made a comment that stuck in my head.


They might be ontologically rather different, radically other. His is a wonderful act of will. Strategic selection is required to secure communicative continuity, and adaptive pertinence. So with the category of form, architecture represents itself to itself as distinct from function, which is the category representing the external world reference of architecture. Modernism, seriality, repetition srchitecture out of the question.

Money is no longer coinage; it became paper money, became electronic money. These are the great paradigms and research programs by which architecture redefines itself. The truth might be ugly, but thruth is not a matter of aesthetics. The areas in which architects develop ideas and theories are manifold.

Parametricism and the Autopoiesis of Architecture

After the introduction it all starts with a chapter on architectural theory, which is put forward as an important, necessary component of architecture. Could be argued he did the same with so-called Deconstruction. Just a few more points about what this means. We have the burden as a collective to determine the way forward. So, to raise some curiosity about this idea, let me discuss the chapter structure of volume one. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

One at a time. Architecture drew on philosophers, and fundamental questions were asked. So a difference in curvature is transcoded into radically different conditions of ribbing, of gridding, of dense networking, perhaps engendering a phase change at a certain threshold. In science it is theory versus evidencein the law norm versus fact etc.

Architectural communication is happening primarily within the medium of the drawing, becoming the digital model, becoming the parametric model, and the network of scripts. I find it very interesting that the concept of style, as promoted in The International Stylehad returned after it was abandoned by most of the early modernists. There are further parallels between these function systems. Is anybody here drawing a triangle, a square, or a circle? These are all co-present systems, which become representations of each other.


Each in their own unique way, they are all facing parall el, or comparative, problems: The legal system developed together with jurisprudence. Its logic, reach and limitations are the topic of this book. The book thus presents a discourse analysis of discipline. In only a few words, Schumacher believes that the spatialization of architecture is the equivalent of the developed self-referential systems in politics, law, economy, science and more.

The point is that the tools themselves have great potential, but architrcture need to drive these potentials and draw decisive conclusions and give value and direction to the utilization of these tools. It is the condition of any progress. Observing oneself and others pursuing such partial theories it makes sense to ask whether these things can be brought into a coherent system of ideas where they might be able to forge a kind of trajectory that has to do with guiding practice.

You can do this by taking data sets like sun exposure maps and make them drive an intelligent differentiation of brise-soleil elements, autopiiesis are scripted off the data set. A comprehensive unified theory of and for architecture is important if you are trying to lead architects across a multiplicity of projects, touching all aspects and components of contemporary architecture in terms of programmatic agendas and at all scales.

Everything before that was not architecture, it was some form of traditional building. Let us begin by understanding what the Autopoiesis of architecture might be.