Discrete: Reappraising the Digital in Architecture

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Gilles Retsin
John Wiley & Sons, 14 Mar 2019 - 136 sayfa

After two decades of experimentation with the digital, the prevalent paradigm of formal continuity is being revised and questioned by an emerging generation of architects and theorists. While the world struggles with a global housing crisis and the impact of accelerated automation on labour, digital designers’ narrow focus on mere style and continuous differentiation seems increasingly out of touch.

This issue charts an emerging body of work that is based on a computational understanding of the discrete part or building block – elements that are as scalable, accessible and versatile as digital data. The discrete proposes that a new, digital understanding of assembly, based on parts, contains the greatest promise for a complex, open-ended, adaptable architecture. This approach capitalises on the digital economy and automation, with the potential of the digital to democratise production and increase access.

The digital not only has deep implications for how we design and produce architecture; it is first and foremost a new system of production with economic, social and political consequences that need to be taken into account. This issue presents a diverse body of work focused on the notion of the discrete: from design experiments and aesthetics, to urban models, tectonics, distributed robots, new material organisations and post-capitalist scenarios engaging with automation.

Contributors: Viola Ago, Mario Carpo, Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou, Mollie Claypool, Manuel Jimenez García, Daniel Koehler and Rasa Navasaityte, Immanuel Koh, Neil Leach, Ryan Manning, Philippe Morel, M Casey Rehm, Jose Sanchez, Marrikka Trotter, Manja van de Worp, Maria Yablonina and Lei Zheng.

Featured Architects: Kengo Kuma, Lab-eds, Plethora Project, MadM, EZCT, Eragatory and Studio Kinch.



Discrete Architecture in the Age of Automation
Thinking Unthinkable Architecture
Participatory Systems in the Age of Platforms
Figuring Realities within Urban Form
Digital Assemblies From Craft to Automation
A Discrete Framework for the Production of Housing
A Different Lightness Through Performance Adaptability
Cooperative Making with Larger Groups of Smaller Machines
The Creation Of and Collaboration With Intelligent Machines
There Is No Object Nor Field Just Statistical Digital Patterns
Notes on Contemporary Digital Operations
Animals Blankets and Bricks Oh My
The Discrete Charm of the Glitch
Two Stories about AvantGarde Projects
There Is No Such Thing as a Digital Building

Computing Lightness in Architecture
A Projective History of the Architectural Discrete
Computational Discretism or The Rise of the Digital Discrete
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Gilles Retsin is Tutor at The Bartlett (UCL) and a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London. Having studied in Belgium, Chile and the UK, he worked as a project architect with Christian Kerez in Switzerland and with Kokkugia in London. He now has his own London-based practice. His work has been acquired by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has exhibited internationally in museums, such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein, Design Exchange Toronto and the Zaha Hadid Gallery in London. He has been invited professor at the Texas A&M University and has lectured and taught internationally.

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