Architectural Principles in the Age of Cybernetics by Christopher Hight

By Christopher Hight

A theoretical background of anthropomorphism and share in glossy structure, this quantity brings into concentration the discourse round percentage with present difficulties of post-humanism in structure along the hot probabilities made on hand via electronic applied sciences.

The ebook examines how the physique and its ordering has served as a crucial web site of architectural discourse in contemporary many years, in particular in makes an attempt to reformulate architecture’s dating to humanism, modernism and know-how. hard a few ideas and different types of architectural historical past and situates present debates inside a broader cultural and technological context, Hight makes complicated principles simply accessible.

Extensively illustrated and written with out educational jargon for an educated yet non-specialized architectural viewers, this booklet elucidates the customarily vague debates of avant-garde architectural discourse and layout, whereas demonstrating how those debates have affected daily areas and ideas of structure. accordingly, it is going to entice specialist architects, teachers and scholars, combining because it does an insightful advent to the elemental problems with architectural historical past and concept over the last fifty years with totally new formulations of what that historical past is and skill.

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The most famous of Perrault’s drawings placed columns from all the orders on a single grid for the first time; they are not distinct orders so much as statistical variation of an overall mathesis. 18 For Perrault, authority derived from the mind, measure, calculation and consistent use, not ancient authority, natural law, or perception. In doing this, Pérez-Gómez argued, Perrault displaced the body as the central metaphor of architectural order. Perrault’s bravado was spectacular given that he had translated Vitruvius’s De Architectura only a few years earlier.

The ARCHITECTURAL PRINCIPLES IN THE AGE OF CYBERNETICS 43 first curve is based on a geometry that is assembled from circular arcs, his own version of the Vitruvian Figure’s aesthetical ethic of the whole made up of discrete parts. If any part of the line is changed, all the others have to be recalculated and redrawn separately to be re-integrated into the line. The second curve is defined by a spline geometry based on the flow of forces through the curve; this force is regulated by the position of the triangular handles.

54 We may have many buildings, even some interesting ones, but no “Architectural” tradition in the real sense of the word. Nor do we have a viable discipline or discourse about architecture. Each new example of modern non-architecture is a return, not to the origin of architecture’s beginning (the body as model), but rather to the origin of the end of architecture. 55 28 THE PHENOMENAL ORIGIN OF ARCHITECTURE THE PATHOS OF PHENOMENOLOGY Such tales of a primal condition and modern rupture allow no real novelty or even transformation.

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