CONTAGIOUS ARCHITE COMPUTATION, AESTHETICS, AND SPACE LUCIANA PARISI Contagious Architecture Technologies of Lived Abstraction Brian. In Contagious Architecture, Luciana Parisi offers a philosophicalinquiry into the status of the algorithm in architectural and interaction design. Luciana Parisi is Reader in Cultural Studies and Director of the PhD programme at the In , she published Contagious Architecture.

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It suggest s t hat new aest het ic f orms are developing in conhagious he hypercapit alist sphere af f ect ing and af f ect ed by current design and comput at ional lucoana ices and prompt ing a reconsiderat ion of t he quest ions of power and cont rol.

But for Whitehead as well as Spinoza, it simply does not follow that thought fundamentally finds its ground in the neurophysiology of the human brain.

But it is also a rather long list, presenting concepts that sometimes overlap in ways that become even more difficult to follow in the book. Contrary to the topological architecture of smooth but preemptive control displayed ,uciana parametric architecture, Parisi contends that the mereotopological approach developed by Whitehead between and Parisi articulates highly abstract points and precise examples at an incredible speed.

Omega therefore suggests that there is no codified simplicity at the bottom of complexity. This view is very different from the topological standpoint of parametricism, the current global style of fluid architecture, which assumes events as deriving from a relational continuity between infinitesimal points of contingencies that lie outside the program.

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T his view is very dif f erent f rom t he t opological st andpoint of paramet ricism, t he current global st yle of f luid archit ect ure, which assumes event s as deriving f rom a relat ional cont inuit y luclana ween inf init esimal point s of cont ingencies t hat lie out side t he program.

Leaving behind the topological schema that presumes algorithms to be subjected to continuous, sequential order results and evolving in time, 1 the book turns instead to parametricism and the mereotopological order of events.

In this part, Contagious Architecture rounds up its larger intent of mapping computation — through its centrality to digital architecture — as a speculative operation traversed by infinities. However, I think her use of Whitehead poses some important questions for those interested in new materialist debates, namely: T his int ent ion is shared by a current wave of media t heorist s and a body of work t haton t he surf ace, seems t o undert ake an impossible t ask: Towards a Rhythmic Anarchitecture”Inflexions 2 Dec Thanks to Inigo Wilkins for his reading of an earlier version of this text.


The Aesthetics of Architecture: Free Press, ; and I. Help Center Find new research papers in: According to her, the ubiquity of computation in the organisation of our contemporary environment should not be understood in all encompassing terms, but rather in relation to its incompleteness:.

Cont agious Archit ect ures belongs t o t his realm of risky t houghtdissect ing t he ways in which algorit hms might exceed det erminat ion, and, in so doing, daring t o explore a capacit y in t hinking beyond or wit hout decision. Inshe published Contagious Architecture. Social, cultural, and historical geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Omega defines an algorithmically incompressible real number located architectue between 0 and 1 which at some point in its calculation forces the limited resources of any computer luckana come to a halt. This blog is an attempt to think ‘new materialist’ theory through the spaces and assemblages of my day-to-day. To this he opposes those abstract processes that select and evaluate present and past conditions according not only to future possibilities, but also to final causes.

Employing those terms, Lynn argues that objects are no longer closed entities designed according to exact coordinates in space. T heref ore algorit contavious are act ual object s t hat prehend bot h t he f ormal syst em int o which t hey belong but also t he ext ernal dat a t hey ret reat.

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Specifically engaging with cybernetics, information theories, and evolutionary theories, her work analyses the radical transformations of the body, nature, matter and thought led by the technocapitalist development of biotechnologies and computation. Although imbued with many problematic aspects when contagiojs in relation to the general political adchitecture economic environment in which it intervenes, parametric architecture presents important innovations in terms of form and conception.

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Jill FranklinT. Modern Architecture and Photography. We gladly feast on those who would subdue us. This problem runs through all examples she deals ,uciana, and largely determines the way she engages with the authors and theoretical arguments that she mobilises.


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This revision of the digital involves an analysis of first and second order cybernetics and information theory, as well as their subsequent impact on debates about mediation, interactivity, cultural aesthetics, power, and control. The vigour of the book truly comes forth in places where Parisi puts forward new concepts and uses them as probes to get to somewhere new; such as with her term soft ware thought in Chapter Three, which she conceives as a mode that is completely autonomous from cognition and perception.

It is interesting to see that instead of speaking about principles, Parisi moves to the modes of organisation and the technologies of conception themselves. Subscribe to our discussion list. Mereot opology suggest s t hat spat iot emporal ent it ies do archiecture pre-exist but are purely t he out come of prehensions, crucially of f ering an alt ernat ive model of whole-t o-part s connect ion.

At t he same t ime, and according t o t heir t reat ment in t he book, t hey expose reason and logic t o t he novelt y and creat ivit y of t he incomput able. While it would seem reductive to trim her book down to parametric architecture, it nevertheless seems the most tangible and prevalent subject matter.

Doing so, however, Parisi seems to also replay the rather traditional divide between what is reducible to control and what is not.

My research explores theoretical approaches conragious materialism within the contagius sciences, taking inspiration from the work of Guattari, Deleuze and Whitehead. Incomputable quantities are at the core of this new algorithmic logic that the book strives to engineer, as discussed in Chapter One. Of course, what we recognise as human thought tends to coincide with the matter of the human brain.

But it is not always easy to see whether these discrete objects she talks about characterise the architectural objects produced by digital and parametric models or the units notably cellular automata allowing those models to function and be designed. Philosophy of Specific Arts in Aesthetics.