1st Edition

Architectural Technicities A Foray Into Larval Space

By Stavros Kousoulas Copyright 2023
    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book poses a simple question: how is this architecture possible? To respond, it will embark on a captivating journey through many singular architectural concepts. The entasis of Doric columns, Ulysses and desert islands will outline an architectural act that moves beyond representation. A ferryman who stutters will present two different types of architectural minds. A stilus and a theory of signs will reconsider the ways architects can develop a particular kind of intuition, while architectural technicities will bring forth a membranic and territorial understanding of architecture. Finally, as a melody that sings itself, a larval architecture will be introduced, bringing space and time together.

    Assisting this endeavour, the thought of philosophers like Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Gilbert Simondon and Raymond Ruyer will meet the latest developments in fields like affect theory, cognitive sciences, environmental studies and neuroanthropology. Eventually, by the end of this book, the readers – from architecture students and researchers to academics and practitioners with an interest in theory – will have been exposed to a comprehensive and original philosophy of architecture and the built environment.


    0.0 What is Architecture’s Problem?

    0.1 So Many Solutions, So Few Problems

    0.1.1 Architecture-Without

    0.1.2 A Chrysalis Awake

    0.1.3 What If There Was a Problem

    0.2 The Producer Product

    0.2.1 A True Problem, a Pure Event

    0.2.2 A Concept Responds, a Concept Asks

    1.0 An Architect who Stutters

    1.1 Ulysses’s Ship

    1.1.1 A Column, a Wave, a Paper and a Brain

    1.1.2 Extended Architectural Minds, Minor and Major

    1.2 Desert Islands, Intransitive Forces

    1.2.1 The Antecedence Criterion

    1.2.2 To Begin Anew

    1.2.3 Signs of Disruption

    1.3 The Ferryman of Hades

    1.3.1 Ratiognition

    1.3.2 Subliminally Beautiful

    1.3.3 Stuttering to Death

    2.0 Technicities of Architectural Intuition

    2.1 Concrete Walls Abstractly Concretizing

    2.1.1 A Manipulative Account

    2.1.2 Architectural Technicities

    2.1.3 Give Architecture a Hand

    2.1.4 Concretised Abstractions

    2.1.5 The Undetermined Hand

    2.2 The Oldest Prejudice

    2.2.1 Trans-Intuitive Stutters

    2.2.2 Digitally Broken, Analogically Glued

    2.2.3 The Event is in the Plural

    2.2.4 Digital Until Proven Immanent

    2.3 The Ethopoiesis of Architecture

    2.3.1 Reductionist to the Bitter (Autopoietic) End

    2.3.2 Architectural Part – to – Affective Whole

    2.3.3 Drift, Naturally

    2.3.4 Put the Blame on the Relation, Boys

    3.0 Architecture on the Limit

    3.1 Analog Flights of a Digital Spider

    3.1.1 Eppur Si Individuate

    3.1.2 All is In-Formation

    3.1.3 Parametricist Scholasticism

    3.1.4 Transductive Modulations Under the Allagmatic Bridge

    3.2 Bells and Whistles

    3.2.1 An Artisan of Rhythms

    3.2.2 It Comes with the Territory

    3.2.3 Ritornerà

    3.2.4 It Doesn’t Fold Because You Say So

    3.2.5 Un-frame the Veil

    3.2.6 What Happens on the Membrane, Stays on the Membrane

    4.0 Larval Space

    4.1 Memorie dal Futuro

    4.1.1 Synaptic Passages

    4.1.2 A Melody that Sings Itself

    4.2 The End is the Beginning is the End

    4.2.1 A Brief History of Architectural Time

    4.2.2 One Final(ist) Act



    Stavros Kousoulas is Assistant Professor of Architecture Philosophy and Theory at the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft, the Netherlands. He studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and at TU Delft, the Netherlands. He graduated cum laude from IUAV Venice, Italy, participating in the Villard d’ Honnecourt International Research Doctorate. He has published and lectured in Europe and abroad and has been a member of the editorial board of Footprint: Delft Architecture Theory Journal since 2014. His previous publications include the edited volumes Architectures of Life and Death (with Andrej Radman) and Design Commons (with Gerhard Bruyns).