Symbolic Solids, or: exploring Architecture’s Inverse // Architecture beyond Design
Distinguishing the General from the Generic / Lectures / Projective Theory of Technology / Thinking as an Algebraic Mechanist

Symbolic Solids, or: exploring Architecture’s Inverse // Architecture beyond Design

This is the documentation of my talk at The Building conference Columbia University GSAPP, organized by Jose Araguez with Aaron White. The Building 15 November 2014, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Wood Auditorium, Columbia University GSAPP Ever since the theoretical turn of the 1960s, right through to the present, the status of the architectural object in the sphere of history, … Continue reading

Printing Architecture: Michael Hansmeyer’s and Benjamin Dillenburger’s Digital Grotesque
Pre-specificity / Projective Theory of Technology / Thinking as an Algebraic Mechanist

Printing Architecture: Michael Hansmeyer’s and Benjamin Dillenburger’s Digital Grotesque

My colleagues have realised the first large scale instance of printed architecture, and they call it the Digital Grotesque. A disturbingly beautiful piece about which they say: We aim to create an architecture that defies classification and reductionism. We explore unseen levels of resolution and topological complexity in architecture by developing compositional strategies based on … Continue reading

Neo-baroque Articulation of Columns: Modules, Solids, Units
Algebraic Concepts Characterized / architectonic articulations - the stanzaic structure of genuinely procedural forms / Projective Theory of Technology / Thinking as an Algebraic Mechanist

Neo-baroque Articulation of Columns: Modules, Solids, Units

We are familiar with the use of generative grammars, L-systems or other recursive procedural frameworks, similar to the subdivision generally applied here in the work of Michael Hansmeyer, mainly from the analysis of natural process and organic structures. What is extraordinary about these examples here is the fact that Hansmeyer does not seek to reference … Continue reading

architectonic articulation – the stanzaic structure of genuinely procedural shapes
architectonic articulations - the stanzaic structure of genuinely procedural forms / Gilles Deleuze / Projective Theory of Technology / Thinking as an Algebraic Mechanist

architectonic articulation – the stanzaic structure of genuinely procedural shapes

Most architects working with CAAD today are, at least from the perspective of their daily practice, well familiar with what constitutes the main topos in Deleuzes’ and Guattaris’ text „Geology of Morals (Who Does the Earth Think it is)“ [1], namely the assumed primacy of code to form. However, the dynamics of concretion which is proposed in … Continue reading