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Cybernetic Architectures
Informational Thinking and Digital Design

ISBN 9781032019406
Published July 30, 2021 by Routledge
164 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

For the past 50 years, the advancements of technology have equipped architects with unique tools that have enabled the development of new computer-mediated design methods, fabrication techniques, and architectural expressions. Simultaneously, in contemporary architecture new frameworks emerged that have radically redefined the traditional conceptions of design, of the built environment, and of the role of architects.

Cybernetic Architectures argues that such frameworks have been constructed in direct reference to cybernetic thinking, a thought model that emerged concurrently with the origins of informatics and that embodies the main assumptions, values, and ideals underlying the development of computer science. The book explains how the evolution of the computational perspective in architecture has been parallel to the construction of design issues in reference to the central ideas fostered by the cybernetic model. It unpacks and explains this crucial relationship, in the work of digital architects, between the use of information technology in design and the conception of architectural problems around an informational ontology.

This book will appeal to architecture students and scholars interested in understanding the recent transformations in the architectural landscape related to the advent of computer-based design paradigms.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Introduction

The informational view

Information, feedback and entropy

The triangulation effect

The triangulation effect in digital architecture

Digital architecture as a seriation

Chapter Outline



Chapter 2. Cybernetics and the architecture of performance

The performative turn in digital architecture

The cybernetics of Performance Design

The performativity of digital architecture

Performative tools, buildings and users



Chapter 3. Architectural Systems

General Systems Theory

Organization, totality and teleology

The isomorphism and the unity of science

The systems view of the world

The cybernetics of the systems view

The systems view in architecture

The autonomy of architecture

Biology as a model



Chapter 4. Genetic Mechanisms

Informational thinking, informatics and biology

From the genetic code to bioinformatics

Towards a genetic architecture

The utopic turn of genetic architecture

The genetic view and the ontologization of information



Chapter 5. Complex Phenomena

Complexity thinking

Complex Systems

The cybernetics of complexity thinking

Architecture as a complex system

Emergent and self-organized form

The material computation of architecture

End of the journey



Chapter 6. The Platonic Backhand and Forehand of Cybernetic Architecture

Political fiction or science fiction?

A critical tool




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Camilo Andrés Cifuentes Quin is an Architect experienced in architectural design. He is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Habitat Sciences at La Salle University, Bogotá. His research focuses on the impact of information technology in the recent transformations of the architectural landscape and the exploration of computer-based design paradigms in design practice. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Los Andes University, Bogotá, a Postgraduate Diploma in Computational Design from ELISAVA (Barcelona School of Design and Engineering), a Masters of Architecture from ENSAG (École Nationale Supériere d’Architecture de Grenoble), and a Ph.D. in Architecture from UPC-Barcelona Tech.