The architectural relevance of cybernetics
ABSTRACT Abstract — This title is taken from an article by Gordon Pask in Architectural Design September 1969. It raises a number of questions which this article attempts to answer. How did Gordon come to be writing for an architectural publication? What was his contribution to architecture? How does he now come to be on the faculty of a school of architecture? And what indeed is the architectural relevance of cybernetics?
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Article: Space per se[Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: This essay argues for the re-parameterization of a spatial medium, such that space per se may be articulated as a means for capacitating human beings in their daily environments and enabling the evolution of human agency through architecture. In particular, we put forth two specific but far-reaching parameters by which architects can investigate space. The first, that of finitude, identifies the fundamental human need to make space “graspable” as a general paradigm for architecture. Given this paradigm, the second parameter of conditions suggests that space can be most directly “grasped” through manipulation of its invisible properties and their infinite potential for variation. While either of these respective parameters could serve as a rich topic for further advancement by architectural theory and practice, we offer them here as but two promising starting points for a more general effort to instrumentalize architectural space as a form of emancipation.interpunct. 01/2013; 1:60-75.
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ABSTRACT: This paper presents an application of swarm intelligence towards the problem of spatial configuration. The methodology classifies activities as discrete entities, which self-organise topologically through associational parameters: an investigation of emergent route formation and spatial connectivity based on simple agent and pheromone interaction, coupled with the problem of ?loose? rectangular geometric assembly. A concept model sniffingSpace (Ireland, 2009) developed in Netlogo (Willensky, 1999), which established the self-organising topological capacity of the system, is extended in Processing (Fry & Rea, 2009) to incorporate rectangular geometry towards the problem of planning architectural space.ACADIA 2010: LIFE in:formation, On Responsive Information and Variations in Architecture., New York; 10/2010
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ABSTRACT: Similarities can certainly be found between systems research and computational sciences, and architecture and design. The first pair deals with information, complex dynamics and organizations; the second pair is often understood as synthetic and systemic. Postwar history recalls a sequence of exchanges between these fields; the aim of this paper is to highlight the relevance of some exchanges and their contemporary legacy. In this connection, the first part briefly outlines the meaning and history of the former disciplines, highlighting the strict circular models and how first-order cybernetics evolved towards a second order. The second part points to some exchanges between systems research, computational sciences and art forms, as well as to its architectural legacy. To a large extent, the current architectural interest in new sciences of emergence and complexity is rooted in the early systems research approach. Both areas are possible root sources of a future, effective built environment.Nexus Network Journal 04/2012; 14(1). · 0.16 Impact Factor