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Architecture and the Digital, the Environmental and the Avant-Garde

By Susannah Hagan

© 2006 – Routledge

160 pages

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About the Book

Susannah Hagan boldly discusses the fraught relationship between key dominating areas of architectural discourse - digital design, environmental design, and avant-garde design.

Digitalia firstly demonstrates that drawing such firm lines between architectural spheres is damaging and foolish, particularly as both environmental and avant-garde practices are experimenting with the digital, and secondly remonstrates with an avant-garde that has repudiated the social/ethical agenda of the modernist avant-garde because it failed the first time round. It is environmental architecture that has picked up the social/ethical ball and is running with it, using the digital to very different, and more far-reaching, ends.

As the debates rage, this book is a key read for all who are involved or intrigued.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Deep Background Binary Opposites. Binary Dependencies. New Dependencies. Melds 2. The Avant-Garde: Autonomous or Engaged? The Avant-Garde's Dilemma. Manfredo Tafuri. Theodor Adorno. An Avant-Garde Now 3. The Autonomous Avant-Garde and the Digital: From Formalism to Nature. Procedural Innovation: Practice. Procedural Innovation: The Academy. The Parametric Past: Structuralism. Christopher Alexander and Generative Rules. The Dissenters. In Pursuit of Novelty. Nature Restored 4. The Engaged Avant-Garde and the Digital: From Nature to Environmental Design. Closing the Loop. Modelling Built Behaviours. Productive Form-Finding. Constructible Parametrics 5. The Avant-Garde: Meeting in the City. The Groningen Experiment. EnGen. Conclusion

About the Author

Susannah Hagan is Reader in Architecture at the University of East London, head of the MA Architecture: Sustainability + Design and founder of Research into Environment and Design (RED) at the University of East London. Her previous publications include Taking Shape (2001), and City Fights, co-authored with Mark Hewitt (2001).

Subject Categories

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ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation