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The Autopoiesis of Architecture: Vol.1 Chap. 2.3 – Avant-garde vs. Mainstream

The Autopoiesis of Architecture: Vol.1 Chap.  2.3 – Avant-garde vs. Mainstream
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Increasingly, I’m beginning to think that what the book describes is probably an accurate description of the world of architecture the author sees. In this chapter, for the first time, I had the distinct impression that the author really believes what he is writing. In a previous Book Club post, I mentioned my doubts about the validity […]

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The Autopoiesis of Architecture: Vol.1 Chap. 2 – The Historical Emergence of Architecture (1/2)

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The story so far … THE AUTHOR, IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIT ARCHITECTURE INTO LUHMANN’S THEORY OF SOCIAL STRUCTURES, HAS RESTRICTED HIS  DEFINITION OF ARCHITECTURE TO THOSE BUILDINGS THEORISTS TALK ABOUT OR DEEM WORTH TALKING ABOUT. THE AUTHOR MAY YET SUCCEED. BUT WHAT IS HIS REAL PLAN? WHY DOES HE WANT TO DO THIS? AND AT WHAT COST? There’s some truth in it though. For example, nobody cared […]

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The Autopoiesis of Architecture: Vol.1 Chap.1: Architectural Theory

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Continuing these meditations upon the reading of The Autopoiesis of Architecture, the inspiration for this post was Chapter 1: Architectural Theory. The Introduction mentioned that the phenomenon of architecture can be analysed as an autonomous network (and autopoietic system) of communications along the lines of that proposed by Niklaus Luhmann for social systems.  Let’s not […]

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The Autopoiesis of Architecture: Vol. 1 – Preface, Introduction

The Autopoiesis of Architecture: Vol. 1 – Preface, Introduction
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Welcome to Book Club! Please join me as I blog thoughts on volume one of Patrik Schumacher’s “magnum opus” as I read it. I’ve heard its 438 pages contain only 18 pictures – as if that’s a good thing! – so I already expect it’s going to be fairly hard going. This won’t be a […]